from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mammalogy, a genus of Phocidæ, having four incisors above and below; the monk-seals.
  • n. In ornithology, a genus of warblers containing such as the common blackcap, Sylvia atricapilla.
  • n. In entomology, a large and important genus of leaf-beetles, erected by Suffrian in 1852.


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  • In any case the fact remains that the word monachus in the fourth century was freely used of those consecrated to God, whether they lived as hermits or in communities.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • As long as you're "here," will you satisfy my curiosity on the choice of "monachus" etc. instead of "monk" and equivalent?

    mrissa: The Divine Sacrifice, by Tony Hays

  • Occasionally, though, I slip up and use "monk" instead of monachus.

    mrissa: The Divine Sacrifice, by Tony Hays

  • Raptors amongst the stabilised sands include 15 breeding pairs (about a tenth of the world's population) of the Spanish imperial eagle Aquila heliaca adalberti (VU), black vulture Aegypius monachus, short-toed eagle Circaetus gallicus, booted eagle Hieraaetus pennatus, buzzard Buteo buteo, black kite Milvus migrans, black-shouldered kite Elanus caeruleus, red kite M. milvus, and hobby Falco subbuteo.

    Doñana National Park, Spain

  • A small population of about 150 of one of the world's rarest animals, the monk seal Monachus monachus (E), lives on the Cote des Phoques at Cap Blanc, their survival threatened by the collapse in 1982 of their breeding caves and by disease.

    Banc d'Arguin National Park, Mauritania

  • Species abundant around villages include grey-headed sparrow Passer griseus and hooded vulture Necrosytres monachus.

    Cliffs of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons), Mali

  • The region was famed in the 1970s for its raptor population, with four vulture species, lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus, black Aegypius monachus, Griffon Gyps fulvus and Egyptian Neophron peranopterus; four eagle species, golden Aquila chrysaetos, short-toed Circaetus gallicus, booted Hieraeetus pennatus and Bonelli's Hieraeetus fasciatus and breeding lanner falcons Falco biarmicus.

    Meteora Group of Monasteries, Greece

  • Mediterranean monk seal Monachus monachus (E) once had a colony in this area but has now disappeared.

    Scandola Nature Reserve & Capes Girolata and Porto, France

  • Recent exotic pet fever has led to many established aliens like Psittacula krameri and Myiopsitta monachus.

    Canary Islands dry woodlands and forests

  • A number of marine projects have been conducted including measures for the recovery of the monk seal (Monachus monachus) in the Atlantic and support projects for the conservation of the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) and the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus).

    Canary Islands dry woodlands and forests


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