—adj.ri-klOOs', rek'lOOs), [key]
1. a person who lives in seclusion or apart from society, often for religious meditation.
2. Also,incluse.a religious voluntary immured in a cave, hut, or the like, or one remaining within a cell for life.
—adj. re•cluse. Also,re•clu'sive.
1. shut off or apart from the world; living in seclusion, often for religious reasons.
2. characterized by seclusion; solitary.
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