rec·luse (rĕkls′, rĭ-kls)
A person who withdraws from the world to live in seclusion and often in solitude.
adj. re·cluse (rĭ-kls, rĕkls′)
Withdrawn from the world; reclusive.
[Middle English, from Old French reclus, from Latin reclūsus, past participle of reclūdere, to shut up : re-, re- + claudere, to close.]
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