- Jewish History. a lamb slaughtered and eaten on the eve of the first day of Passover. Ex. 12:3–11.
- (initial capital letters) Christ.
- (initial capital letters) any of several symbolic representations of Christ, as the Agnus Dei.
- (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 of paschal lamb
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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- (sometimes not capitals) Old Testament the lamb killed and eaten on the first day of the Passover
- Christ regarded as this sacrifice