noun Mol·o·kan \ˌmäləˈkän\

Definition of Molokan



\-nz\ also


  1. :  a member of a religious sect originating in Russia as an offshoot of the Doukhobors, becoming an antiritualistic group stressing the authority of the Bible, and calling themselves Spiritual Christians

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Origin and Etymology of molokan

Russian, from moloko milk; probably from the dietary laws of the sect that permit milk drinking during Lent

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