exarch

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[ek-sahrk]
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noun

Eastern Church.
  1. a patriarch's deputy.
  2. a title originally applied to a patriarch but later applied only to a bishop ranking below a patriarch and above a metropolitan.
the ruler of a province in the Byzantine Empire.

Origin of exarch

1
1580–90; < Late Latin exarchus superintendent < Greek éxarchos overseer, leader, equivalent to ex- ex-3 + -archos -arch
Related formsex·arch·al, adjective

exarch

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[ek-sahrk]

adjective Botany.

(of a primary xylem or root) developing from the center; having the youngest cells closest to the core.

Origin of exarch

2
1890–95; ex-2 + Greek archḗ beginning
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exarch

1

noun

the head of certain autonomous Orthodox Christian Churches, such as that of Bulgaria and Cyprus
any of certain Eastern Orthodox bishops, lower in rank than a patriarch but higher than a metropolitan
the governor of a province in the Byzantine Empire
Derived Formsexarchal, adjective

Word Origin for exarch

C16: from Late Latin exarchus overseer, from Greek exarkhos, from exarkhein to take the lead, from arkhein to rule

exarch

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adjective

botany (of a xylem strand) having the first-formed xylem external to that formed laterCompare endarch, mesarch

Word Origin for exarch

C19: from ex- 1 (outside) + Greek arkhē beginning, origin
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Word Origin and History for exarch
n.

from Late Latin exarchus, from Greek exarkhos, from ex (see ex- (2)) + arkhos "leader, chief, ruler" (see archon).

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