[ mol-uh-kahn ]
/ ˈmɒl əˌkɑn /
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; orig. so named because they ate dairy products on fast days, contrary to Orthodox observance
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