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cherubim


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cherubim  \Cher"u*bim\,  n. 
  The  Hebrew  plural  of  {Cherub}..  Cf  {Seraphim}. 
 
  Note:  Cherubims,  in  the  King  James  version  of  the  bible,  is 
  an  incorrect  form  made  by  adding  the  English  plural 
  termination  to  the  Hebrew  plural  cherubim  instead  of  to 
  the  singular  cherub. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cherub  \Cher"ub\,  n.;  pl  {Cherubs};  but  the  Hebrew  plural 
  {Cherubim}is  also  used  [Heb.  ker[=u]b.] 
  1.  A  mysterious  composite  being  the  winged  footstool  and 
  chariot  of  the  Almighty,  described  in  --Ezekiel  i.  and  x. 
 
  I  knew  that  they  were  the  cherubim.  --Ezek.  x.  20. 
 
  He  rode  upon  a  cherub  and  did  fly.  --Ps.  xviii. 
  10. 
 
  2.  A  symbolical  winged  figure  of  unknown  form  used  in 
  connection  with  the  mercy  seat  of  the  Jewish  Ark  and 
  Temple.  --Ez.  xxv.  18. 
 
  3.  One  of  a  order  of  angels,  variously  represented  in  art.  In 
  European  painting  the  cherubim  have  been  shown  as  blue,  to 
  denote  knowledge,  as  distinguished  from  the  seraphim  (see 
  {Seraph}),  and  in  later  art  the  children's  heads  with 
  wings  are  generally  called  cherubs. 
 
  4.  A  beautiful  child;  --  so  called  because  artists  have 
  represented  cherubs  as  beautiful  children. 




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