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neophyte

Noun

1 a plant that is found in an area where it had not been recorded previously
2 any new participant in some activity [syn: newcomer, fledgling, fledgeling, starter, freshman, newbie, entrant]
3 a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist [syn: catechumen]

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English

Etymology

From Latin neophytus and Greek neóphytos, newly planted.

Noun

  1. beginner
  2. novice (recent convert), a new convert or proselyte;
  3. a name given by the early Christians, and still given by the Roman Catholics, to those who have recently embraced the Christian faith, and been admitted to baptism, especially those converts from heathenism or Judaism.
  4. (ecology) a plant species recently introduced to an area (in contrast to archaeophyte, a long-established introduced species).

Translations

beginner
  • Finnish: aloittelija
  • Danish: Begynder
  • Italian: neofita
novice (recent convert)

References

  • Random House Dictionary, 2nd Edition, 1987.

Extensive Definition

A neophyte is a beginner, possibly of Christianity.
In ecology, a neophyte is a plant species recently introduced to an area (in contrast to archaeophyte, a long-established introduced species).
Neophyte may refer to:
neophyte in German: Neophyt (Begriffsklärung)
neophyte in Polish: Neofita

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