Seraph Ser"aph, n.; pl. E. {Seraphs}, Heb. {Seraphim}. [Heb. ser[=a]phim, pl.] One of an order of celestial beings, each having three pairs of wings. In ecclesiastical art and in poetry, a seraph is represented as one of a class of angels. --Isa. vi. 2. [1913 Webster]

As full, as perfect, in vile man that mourns, As the rapt seraph that adores and burns. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{Seraph moth} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of geometrid moths of the genus {Lobophora}, having the hind wings deeply bilobed, so that they seem to have six wings. [1913 Webster]

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  • SERAPH — (Heb. שָׂרָף, saraf), the term seraph, whose etymology is obscure, appears in the Bible in two distinct contexts. It appears in the singular and plural as the name of a species of serpent (Num. 21:6; Deut. 8:15; Isa. 14:29; 30:6). In Numbers 21… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Seraph — (hebr.), 1) Mehrzahl Seraphim, eigentlich die großen himmlischen Wesen, welche den Thron Jehovas umgeben, wie die Würdenträger die Throne der Könige, u. Loblieder auf denselben singen. Man dachte sich dieselben als Boten Gottes mit sechs Flügeln …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Seraph — Seraph, s. Seraphim …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Seraph — (hebr. saraph, »Schlange«; Mehrzahl Seraphīm), nach Jes. 6, 2 himmlische Wesen am Thron Gottes mit sechs Flügeln und Menschenhänden, später unter die Engel eingeordnet; serāphisch, engelgleich, hocherhaben …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • seraph — 1667, first used by Milton (probably on analogy of cherub/cherubim), singular back formation from O.E. seraphim (pl.), from L.L. seraphim, from Gk. seraphim, from Heb. seraphim (only in Isa. vi), plural of *saraph (which does not occur in the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • seraph — ► NOUN (pl. seraphim or seraphs) ▪ an angelic being associated with light, ardour, and purity. DERIVATIVES seraphic adjective seraphically adverb. ORIGIN Hebrew …   English terms dictionary

  • seraph — [ser′əf] n. pl. seraphs or seraphim [ser′əfə fim΄] [back form. < LL(Ec) seraphim, pl. < Heb serafim, pl., sing. saraf, prob. < saraf, to burn] 1. Bible one of the heavenly beings surrounding the throne of God, represented as having three …   English World dictionary

  • Seraph — A seraph (Heb. שׂרף, pl. שׂרפים Seraphim , lat. seraph [us] , pl. seraphi [m] ) is one of a class of celestial beings mentioned once in the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh or Old Testament), in Isaiah . Later Jewish imagery perceived them as having human… …   Wikipedia

  • Seraph — Darstellung eines Seraphen in einem mittelalterlichen Manuskript. Die Flügel sind voller Augen. Die Seraphim (hebräischer Plural) oder Seraphe (Singular: der Seraph) sind sechsflügelige Engel. Nach Jesaja besitzen sie sechs Flügel sowie ein… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Seraph — Se|raph 〈m.; s, e od. phim; AT〉 Gott anbetend umschwebender, sechsflügeliger Engel [zu grch. serapheim <hebr. seraphim „Läuternde“; zu saraph „verbrennen“] * * * Se|raph, der; s, e u. im, (ökum.:) Serafim [kirchenlat. seraphim (Pl.) < hebr …   Universal-Lexikon

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