paschal lamb

paschal lamb

noun
1.
Jewish History. a lamb slaughtered and eaten on the eve of the first day of Passover. Ex. 12:3–11.
2.
(initial capital letters) Christ.
3.
(initial capital letters) any of several symbolic representations of Christ, as the Agnus Dei.
4.
(initial capital letters) . Also called Holy Lamb. Heraldry. a representation of a lamb passant having around its head a nimbus and supporting on the dexter shoulder a crosslike staff bearing a flag argent charged with a cross gules.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English

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Paschal Lamb
 
n
1.  (sometimes not capitals) Old Testament the lamb killed and eaten on the first day of the Passover
2.  Christ regarded as this sacrifice

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