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aureole


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Aureola  \Au*re"o*la\,  Aureole  \Au"re*ole\,  n.  [F.  aur['e]ole, 
  fr  L.  aureola,  (fem  adj.)  of  gold  (sc.  corona  crown),  dim. 
  of  aureus.  See  {Aureate},  {Oriole}.] 
  1.  (R.  C.  Theol.)  A  celestial  crown  or  accidental  glory  added 
  to  the  bliss  of  heaven,  as  a  reward  to  those  (as  virgins, 
  martyrs,  preachers,  etc.)  who  have  overcome  the  world,  the 
  flesh,  and  the  devil. 
 
  2.  The  circle  of  rays,  or  halo  of  light,  with  which  painters 
  surround  the  figure  and  represent  the  glory  of  Christ, 
  saints,  and  others  held  in  special  reverence. 
 
  Note:  Limited  to  the  head,  it  is  strictly  termed  a  nimbus; 
  when  it  envelops  the  whole  body,  an  aureola. 
  --Fairholt. 
 
  3.  A  halo,  actual  or  figurative. 
 
  The  glorious  aureole  of  light  seen  around  the  sun 
  during  total  eclipses.  --Proctor. 
 
  The  aureole  of  young  womanhood.  --O.  W. 
  Holmes. 
 
  4.  (Anat.)  See  {Areola},  2. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  aureole 
  n  :  the  outermost  region  of  the  sun's  atmosphere;  visible  during 
  a  solar  eclipse  [syn:  {corona}] 




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