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Cherub and Archangel Definitions

Cherub

A winged celestial being.

Archangel

A high-ranking angel.

Cherub

Cherubim(Christianity) The second of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology.

Archangel

Archangels The eighth of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology.

Cherub

A putto.
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Archangel

A powerful angel that leads many other angels, but is still loyal to a deity, and often seen as belonging to a particular archangelical rank or order within a greater hierarchy of angels. (Judeo-Christian examples: Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel).

Cherub

A person, especially a child, with an innocent or chubby face.

Archangel

Synonym of angelica

Cherub

(biblical) A winged creature attending God, described by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite (short=yes) as the second highest order of angels, ranked above thrones and below seraphim; similar to a lamassu in the pre-exilic texts of the Hebrew Bible, more humanoid in later texts.

Archangel

A chief angel; one high in the celestial hierarchy.
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Cherub

An artistic depiction of such a being, typically in the form of a winged child or a child's head with wings but no body.

Archangel

A term applied to several different species of plants (Angelica archangelica, Lamium album, etc.).

Cherub

(figuratively) A person, especially a child, seen as being particularly angelic or innocent.

Archangel

An angel ranked above the highest rank in the celestial hierarchy

Cherub

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.
He rode upon a cherub and did fly.

Archangel

A biennial cultivated herb; its stems are candied and eaten and its roots are used medicinally

Cherub

A symbolical winged figure of unknown form used in connection with the mercy seat of the Jewish Ark and Temple.

Cherub

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.

Cherub

A beautiful child; - so called because artists have represented cherubs as beautiful children.

Cherub

A sweet innocent baby

Cherub

An angel of the second order whose gift is knowledge; usually portrayed as a winged child

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