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see ArkhangelskArkhangelsk
or Archangel
, city (1990 est. 418,000), NW European Russia, on the Northern Dvina near its mouth at the White Sea. Although icebound much of the year, it is a leading Russian port and can generally be made usable by icebreakers.
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, Russia.


(ärk`ānjəl), chief 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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. They are four to seven in number. Sometimes specific functions are ascribed to them. The four best known in Christian tradition are MichaelMichael
[Heb.,=who is like God?], archangel prominent in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions. In the Bible and early Jewish literature, Michael is one of the angels of God's presence.
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, GabrielGabriel
, archangel, the divine herald. In the Bible he appears to Daniel (twice), to Zacharias, and to the Virgin Mary in the Annunciation (Dan. 8.16; 9.21; Luke 1.19,26,27). Christian tradition makes Gabriel the archangel trumpeter of the Last Judgment (1 Thes. 4.16).
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, RaphaelRaphael
, archangel. He is prominent in the book of Tobit, as the companion of Tobias, as the healer of Tobit, and as the rescuer of Sara from Asmodeus. Milton made him a featured character of Paradise Lost. Feast: Sept. 29 (jointly with the other archangels).
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, and UrielUriel
. 1, 2 Two descendants of Kohath. 3 Man whose daughter became mother of King Abijah of Judah. The name appears in the pseudepigrapha for an archangel. He is introduced in Milton's Paradise Lost as the angel of the sun.
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. In early Jewish literature archangels are called "angels of the presence."
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1. a principal angel, a member of the order ranking immediately above the angels in medieval angelology
2. another name for angelica
3. yellow archangel a Eurasian herbaceous plant (Lamiastrum luteum) that has yellow helmet-shaped flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
4. a bronze-coloured breed of domestic pigeon with black markings


a port in NW Russia, on the Dvina River: major centre for the timber trade and White Sea fisheries. Pop.: 345 000 (2005 est.)
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It has even a Manichean division of angels of darkness (the indifferent or self-congratulating voyeurs we saw above with their own hierarchy up to the archangelic punishing, or protective of Western interests, hand) and angels of light.
Between the Kalimah and the spatio-temporal world that is the subject of the sciences of nature stand the archangelic and angelic worlds (al-jabarut and al-malakut) and the world of psychic beings, or the imaginal world to which the jinn referred to so often in the Qur'an belong.
But with no Peter Gabriel to sponsor him, no archangelic doorman to usher him into the gated community of the American literary establishment (which has seemingly filled its quota of exotics, never mind Africans, just now), Farah has been stalled for years on its waiting list, languishing of late in small-press purgatory.
His interest in "religious history" (33), his "archangelic manner" (46), his faith in "providential arrangements" (46), and his belief in "a tradition originally revealed" (46) are all signs pointing to the safe prediction that Casaubon is "certain to be a bishop" (90).
So, Wilimore became, in dog-Erse, Liam moir (for more), with a Mac in front for good measure, and a Micheal for a touch of archangelic luck.
The archangelic anthems are raised in a lofty place.
His father's death was "an archangelic semaphore more dignified than death itself," which Patrick cannot decipher, but which is, still, a message from the angels (5).
A trinity of pens [Hope's, Daemon's, Archangel's] lay now within the breach of catastrophe, eloquent, cool flame, charcoal burn and splinter, and archangelic hand of the Clock.