E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Monks in the Greek Church, who follow the rule of St. Basil. They are divided into cenobites, who recite the offices from midnight to sunrise; anehorites, who live in hermitages; and recluses, who shut themselves up in caverns and live on alms. (Greek, ò and ε, beautiful old man.)