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Word canonica (Lat. from Gk. “one living under rule”; virgo Deo sacrata [virgin dedicated to God]; sanctimonialis [consecrated one]) traced back to 4th c. in E and 8th c. in W. Used in W (e.g., Council of Chalon-sur-Saône* 813) for mem. of community of women who professed common life but did not bind themselves to full rule of Augustine (vowed chastity, obedience, but not poverty; vow not perpetual). Beginning with 11th c. canonesses regular are female counterpart of canons regular.*

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