- a person who has withdrawn to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion.
- any person living in seclusion; recluse.
- Zoology. an animal of solitary habits.
- Ornithology. any of numerous hummingbirds of the genera Glaucis and Phaethornis, having curved bills and dull-colored rather than iridescent plumage.
- a spiced molasses cookie often containing raisins or nuts.
- Obsolete. a beadsman.
Origin of hermit
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Examples from the Web for hermitical
She, too, had no doubt been terrified into that hermitical retirement—among the señoritas now universal.The Bandolero
- one of the early Christian recluses
- any person living in solitude
Word Origin and History for hermitical
early 12c., "religious recluse," from Old French (h)eremite, from Late Latin ermita, from Greek eremites, literally "person of the desert," from eremia "desert, solitude," from eremos "uninhabited, empty, desolate, bereft," from PIE *ere- (2) "to separate" (cf. Latin rete "net," Lithuanian retis "sieve"). Transferred sense of "person living in solitude" is from 1799. The hermit crab (1735) was so called for its solitary habits.