coarb

noun co·arb \ˈkōˌärb\

Definition of coarb

plural

-s

in the early Irish and Scottish churches

  1. :  the incumbent of an abbey or bishopric as successor to the patron saint or founder

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Origin and Etymology of coarb

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


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