from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ecclesiastical history, about the fourth century, one of a body of minor clergy who were employed as grave-diggers, and more commonly known as Copiatæ.
  • n. One of a body of sectaries, about the fifteenth century, who rejected the sacraments, and celebrated their peculiar rites in ditches and caves.


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  • Clergyman moonlighting as a gravedigger. (from Phrontistery)

    May 24, 2008