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archangel

[ahrk-eyn-juh l] /ˈɑrkˌeɪn dʒəl/
noun
1.
Theology. a chief or principal angel; in medieval angelology one of the nine orders of celestial attendants on God.
Compare angel (def 1).
2.
angelica (def 1).
Origin
early Middle English
1000
before 1000; early Middle English arc(h)angel < Anglo-French, Old French arc(h)ang(e)le < Late Latin archangelus < Greek archángelos; replacing Old English hēahengel; see high, arch-1, angel
Related forms
archangelic
[ahrk-an-jel-ik] /ˌɑrk ænˈdʒɛl ɪk/ (Show IPA),
archangelical, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for archangelic

archangel

/ˈɑːkˌeɪndʒəl/
noun
1.
a principal angel, a member of the order ranking immediately above the angels in medieval angelology
2.
another name for angelica (sense 1)
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
Derived Forms
archangelic (ˌɑːkænˈdʒɛlɪk) adjective

Archangel

/ˈɑːkˌeɪndʒəl/
noun
1.
a port in NW Russia, on the Dvina River: major centre for the timber trade and White Sea fisheries. Pop: 345 000 (2005 est) Russian name Arkhangelsk
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Word Origin and History for archangelic
archangel
late 12c., from L.L. archangelus, from Gk. arkhangelos "chief angel," from arkh- "chief, first" (see archon) + angelos (see angel). Replaced O.E. heah encgel.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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archangelic in the Bible

(1Thess. 4:16; Jude 1:9), the prince of the angels.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for archangelic

archangel

any of several chiefs, rulers, or princes of angels in the hierarchy of angels of the major Western religions, especially Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and of certain syncretic religions, such as Gnosticism. See angel

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