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culdee

n.

mid-12c., from Old Irish céle de "anchorite," from cele "associate, companion," sometimes "servant" (cf. ceilidh) + de "of God." Perhaps an attempt to translate Servus Dei or some other Latin term for "religious hermit."

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Examples from the Web for culdee

Historical Examples

  • A Culdee thrust at him with an oar, and pinned him among the sea-tangle.

    The Washer of the Ford

    Fiona Macleod

  • The most remarkable scholar of Clonenagh was St. ngus, the Culdee.

  • A culdee thrust at him with an oar, and pinned him among the sea-tangle.

  • Besides, what had he to do with the culdee's hell or heaven?

  • As early as the eighth century, Culdee anchorites were accustomed to retire to Iceland from Scotland.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church

    Alexander Clarence Flick