Greek, meaning newly planted. In the primitive church, it signified one who had recently abandoned Judaism or Paganism and embraced Christianity; and in the Roman Church those recently admitted into its communion are still so called. Hence it has also been applied to the young disciple of any art or science. In Freemasonry the newly initiated and uninstructed candidate is sometimes so designated.

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