neophyte

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin neophytus, from Ancient Greek νεόφυτος (neophutos), from νέος (neos, new) + φυτόν (phuton, plant, child). Surface analysis is neo- +‎ -phyte.

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neophyte (plural neophytes)

  1. A beginner; a person who is new to a subject, skill, or belief.
  2. A novice (recent convert), a new convert or proselyte, a new monk.
  3. (Christianity) 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. (biology) A plant species recently introduced to an area (in contrast to archaeophyte, a long-established introduced species).

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  • Random House Dictionary, 2nd Edition, 1987.

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Adjective[edit]

neophyte

  1. vocative masculine singular of neophytus