Molokan

[ mol-uh-kahn ]
/ ˈmɒl əˌkɑn /

noun

a member of an ascetic religious sect, founded in Russia in the 18th century by former Doukhobors, opposing sacraments and ritual and stressing the authority of the Bible.

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Origin of Molokan

<Russian molokán (now usually molokánin, plural -áne), equivalent to molok(ó) milk + -an noun suffix; originally so named because they ate dairy products on fast days, contrary to Orthodox observance
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