paschal lamb

paschal lamb (plural paschal lambs)

  1. Alternative form of Paschal Lamb

Paschal Lamb
  • (British) IPA: /ˈpæs.kəl ˈlæm/, /ˈpɑːs.kəl ˈlæm/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpæs.kəl ˈlæm/

paschal lamb

  1. (historical) The lamb eaten at Passover.
    • c.1530, John Frith, "The Paschal Lamb and our Sacrament are here Compared Together"
      The Paschal Lamb was instituted and eaten the night before the children of Israel were indeed delivered from Egypt.
  2. (figuratively) Jesus Christ symbolized as a sacrifice.
    • 1 Corinthians 5:7 (New International Version)
      Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch--as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
  3. (heraldiccharge) A lamb depicted with nimbus and bearing a flag (usually St. George's cross: argent a cross gules).
    • 1894, James Parker, A Glossary of Terms used in Heraldry, revised edition, page 362
      […] but when the Holy or Paschal Lamb is intended then the face should be guardant or reguardant.
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