plural -s
in the early Irish and Scottish churches
: the incumbent of an abbey or bishopric as successor to the patron saint or founder

Word History


Irish Gaelic comharba successor, from Old Irish comarbe heir, from com- with, together + orbe inheritance; akin to Greek orphanos orphan

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“Coarb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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