cherubim

[ (chair-uh-bim, chair-yuh-bim) ]

sing. cherub

One of the groups of the angels.

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notes for cherubim

God is often described in the Old Testament as sitting on a throne supported by cherubim.

notes for cherubim

In the art of the Renaissance, cherubim (or cherubs) are depicted as chubby babies with wings. Hence, a person with a chubby, childlike face may be called “cherubic.”
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