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Where can I find a dictionary which contains an article on the word lavra? What does the word mean and is it really used?

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    Where did you see it or hear it? – Michael Harvey Apr 16 at 18:44
  • Wikipedia. I have never encountered the word, probably because it seems to be used only in discussion of early Oriental and Orthodox Christian eremitical communities. – StoneyB Apr 16 at 18:47
  • @MichaelHarvey in a chart with irregular endings in the plural forms. – Aer Apr 16 at 19:56
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It's not an English word, except as a borrowing from Greek. It means a particular sort of religious community, primarily in the Orthodox Christian church(es). It's not used except by people who are talking about religious communities, because it's not a common phenomenon in English-speaking countries.

You'll find it in an encyclopedia, or a dictionary of religion, not a general dictionary.

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