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Coenobites [1]

monks who formed a community living in a fixed habitation (coenobium) under a chief (abbot or father). Their name is derived from Κοινός , Common , and Βίος , Life ; and they are opposed to hermits, who live in solitude. Pachomius is admitted to be the institutor of the Coenobite Life, as being the first that gave a rule to any community. Bingham, Orig.  Ecclesiastes 7:2; Coleman, Ancient Christianity, ch. 7, § 5. (See Monachism).