Definition of Crutched Friars in English:

Crutched Friars

Line breaks: Crutched Friars
Pronunciation: /krʌtʃt
 
, ˈkrʌtʃɪd/
  • An order of mendicant friars established in Italy by 1169, which spread to England, France, and the Low Countries in the 13th century and was suppressed in 1656.

Origin

crutched (earlier crouched), from Latin crux, cruc- 'cross', referring to the cross worn on the top of their staves, and later on the front of their habits.

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