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1. pl. cher·u·bim (chĕr′ə-bĭm′, -yə-bĭm′)
a. A winged celestial being.
b. cherubim Christianity The second of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology.
2. pl. cher·ubs
a. A putto.
b. A person, especially a child, with an innocent or chubby face.

[Middle English, from Late Latin, from Hebrew kərûb; see krb in Semitic roots.]

che·ru′bic (chə-ro͞o′bĭk) adj.
che·ru′bi·cal·ly adv.
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 cherubs collectively or plural, 1613.
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"This scroll was signed with a stamp of Cherubim's wings, not spread but hanging downwards, and by them a cross.
The chief were those who from the Pit of Hell Roaming to seek their prey on earth, durst fix Their Seats long after next the Seat of God, Their Altars by his Altar, Gods ador'd Among the Nations round, and durst abide JEHOVAH thundring out of SION, thron'd Between the Cherubim; yea, often plac'd Within his Sanctuary it self their Shrines, Abominations; and with cursed things His holy Rites, and solemn Feasts profan'd, And with their darkness durst affront his light.
He spake: and to confirm his words, out-flew Millions of flaming swords, drawn from the thighs Of mighty Cherubim; the sudden blaze Far round illumin'd hell: highly they rag'd Against the Highest, and fierce with grasped arm's Clash'd on their sounding shields the din of war, Hurling defiance toward the vault of Heav'n.
But far within And in thir own dimensions like themselves The great Seraphic Lords and Cherubim In close recess and secret conclave sat A thousand Demy-Gods on golden seat's, Frequent and full.
Head, Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church Worldwide, Most Reverend Samuel Adefila Abidoye, has called the attention of the Kwara State government to the dilapidated infrastructure and congestion in classrooms in most public schools in the state.
Two cherubim of gold with their wings spread out should be placed on the ark cover, facing one another (Ex.
Multi-awarded children's choir University of the Philippines Cherubim and Seraphim celebrates its 45th anniversary by restaging 'Awit ni Pulau,' the children's theater masterpiece written by Palanca Awardee and poet Edgardo Maranan, and set to music by National Artist Dr.
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18 You shall make two cherubim of gold, make them of hammered work at the two ends of the mercy seat.
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Are there "cherubim" in our popular faith that absolve us from transforming ourselves and our world--calves to whom we throw kisses just to get into heaven?
If American nurses are our "Angels of Mercy"--and they are, believe me; especially military nurses--then our candy-striped teenage hospital volunteers must be the cherubim, God bless 'em.