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cherub

(chĕr`əb), plural cherubim, kind of angelangel
, [Gr.,=messenger], bodiless, immortal spirit, limited in knowledge and power, accepted in the traditional belief of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and other religions. Angels appear frequently in the Bible, often in critical roles, e.g., visiting Abraham and Lot (Gen.
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. Cherubim were probably thought of in the ancient Middle East as composite creatures like the winged creatures of Assyria. In Jewish tradition, they are described (Ezek. 10) as having four faces and four wings and also as beautiful young men; but late Christian art made plump children of them, as in Raphael's Sistine Madonna. With the seraphim (see seraphseraph
, plural seraphim
, supernatural being. The name seems to derive from the Hebrew word "to burn." According to the Book of Isaiah, seraphim have six wings. Scholars have suggested that seraphim were winged serpents.
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) they are said to be in the very presence of God. The color surrounding them is traditionally blue.

cherub

celestial being symbolizing dignity, glory, and honor. [Heraldry: Halberts, 23]
See: Dignity

cherub

Theol a member of the second order of angels, whose distinctive gift is knowledge, often represented as a winged child or winged head of a child
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And she may be fairly called courageous; for it is a fact that there are not many girls here who could have breathed like cherubs while they heard that talk going on about the pigs.
Two or three times during this short address, the cherub addressed had made chubby motions towards a chair.
If Tom had had a worse disposition, he would certainly have hated the little cherub Laura, but he was too kind-hearted a lad for that; there was too much in him of the fibre that turns to true manliness, and to protecting pity for the weak.
Let's go back to the spring of 2004 and the Punchestown Festival where Cherub, who had finished fourth in the JCB Triumph Hurdle, reversed Chetenham running with the winner Made In Japan in the Champion Four-Year-Old Hurdle.
Embedded with a beautiful picture of a cherub this bronzer is such a work of art.
The weights for the two-mile event were raised 2lb at yesterday's declaration stage, leaving Cherub, who is chasing a second big pot in Ireland following his win in the Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at the 2004 Punchestown Festival, on 11st 10lb.
The boss has confirmed Cherub will run in Ireland on Saturday with Davy Russell booked to ride.
A fortnight later he re-opened the premises under the name Cherub but took on just eight staff.
In the entrance hall is an oil painting picturing Argentina's No10 being lifted by winged cherubs to get to the ball above and before Peter Shilton, who is pictured with similar cherubs holding onto to his shorts, to keep him down.
On that occasion, Cherub - who is a 33-1 shot with Blue Square for the Champion Hurdle - got home by the narrowest of margins, but his Jackdaws Castle stable has only recently come out of a spell in the doldrums and O'Neill is, understandably, adopting a cautious approach.
Her parents, Sandra and Derek, are friendly with ex-Celtic star Paul McStay, who later agreed to chair the Cherub Appeal to raise pounds 127,000 to buy equipment for Yorkhill Sick Children's Hospital in Glasgow.
The Jackdaws Castle maestro saddled Cherub to short-head Made In Japan in the juvenile championship before JP Magnier was coolness personified as he brought Rhinestone Cowboy through to beat odds-on stable-companion Iris's Gift in the Ballymore Properties Champion Stayers Hurdle.