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  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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