Pronunciation: (ku-thol'i-kus, -kos"), [key]
—pl. -cos•es, -coiPronunciation: (-koi"). [key]
1. (often cap.) Eastern Ch.
a. any of the heads of certain autocephalous churches.
b. (in some autocephalous churches) a primate subject to a patriarch and having authority over metropolitans.
2. (in the early Christian church) the head of monasteries in the same city. Also,catholicus,katholikos.
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