• WordNet 3.6
    • n archangel an angel ranked above the highest rank in the celestial hierarchy
    • n archangel a biennial cultivated herb; its stems are candied and eaten and its roots are used medicinally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Christian theology there are nine choirs of angels. From highest to lowest, they are: seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominions, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels, and angels.
    • Archangel A chief angel; one high in the celestial hierarchy.
    • Archangel (Bot) A term applied to several different species of plants (Angelica archangelica Lamium album, etc.).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The seven archangels are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Chamuel, Jophiel, and Zadkiel.
    • n archangel An angel of the highest order; a chief angel. The word occurs in two passages of the Bible, 1 Thes. iv. 16, and Jude 9. Michael, mentioned in the latter as an archangel, also in Daniel as the spiritual prince of the Jews, and in Rev. xii. 7 as the leader of the heavenly hosts against the dragon and his angels, is the St. Michael of the church calendar. Coming after him in dignity, three others are especially known by name as archangels: Gabriel, the heavenly interpreter and annunciator or herald (Dan. viii. 16, ix. 21; Luke i. 19); Raphael, the guardian angel commemorated in the book of Tobit; and Uriel (2 Esd. iv. 1), the fire or light of God, often mentioned, like the others, in Milton's “Paradise Lost.” Three other names are added by tradition to make the number seven (Tobit xii. 15, Rev. viii. 2, where the angels mentioned are taken as archangels), Chamuel, Jophiel or Zophiel, and Zadkiel; and still others are spoken of.
    • n archangel A member of the lowest but one of the nine orders of angels composing the “celestial hierarchy” of Dionysius the pseudo-Areopagite, whose classification was adopted by Pope Gregory the Great, and is generally accepted by the theologians of the Roman Catholic Church. The nine orders are: seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominations, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels, angels.
    • n archangel In botany: The name of several labiate plants, as Stachys sylvatica and species of Lamium.
    • n archangel An umbelliferous plant, Archangelica officinalis. See angelica.
    • n archangel A slim-bodied, thin-faced variety of domestic pigeon, of rather small size, with long head and beak, a peaked crest, and rich metallic lustrous plumage, black on the shoulders and tail, but coppery elsewhere. The origin of the breed is unknown: it was introduced into England from Ghent. The name is supposed to allude to the brilliancy of the plumage. The bird breeds very true, the chief points being the peaked crest and the luster.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the Catholic church, St. Gabriel, an archangel, is the patron saint of telecommunications.
    • n Archangel ärk-ān′jel an angel of the highest order
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  • St. Gregory The Great
    St. Gregory The Great
    “There are nine orders of angels, to wit, angels, archangels, virtues, powers, principalities, dominations, thrones, cherubim, and seraphim.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. archangelus, Gr. 'archa`ggelos: cf. OF. archangel, F. archange,. See Arch-, pref., and Angel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Arch, chief, and Angel.


In literature:

All good was natural and eternal, lofty and splendid as an archangel in the light.
"Adam Johnstone's Son" by F. Marion Crawford
The distant domes of the cathedrals in Archangel came nearer and nearer.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Archangel, Russia, in January, averages above zero 6.60 deg.
"Old Mackinaw" by W. P. Strickland
It is led by Michael, the archangel.
"Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation" by S. D. Gordon
Then your husband, he must be like the archangel Gabriel, so just, so righteous, so noble.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
It was the Archangel Michael.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847" by Various
The archangel Michael forms the top of the pyramid.
"Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo" by W. Cope Devereux
He'd stick an archangel.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
Had you been dead and in your grave, the words that I spoke should have roused you like the trump of the archangel!
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
Now appears, on the open-work entresol at the back of the stage, an archangel.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, July 1, 1914" by Various

In poetry:

Higgledy piggeldy
Archangel Rafael,
Speaking of Satan's re-
Bellion from God:
"Paradise Lost Book 5: An Epitome" by Anthony Hecht
Gabriel whispered in mine ear
His archangelic poesie.
How can I write? I only hear
The sobbing murmur of the sea.
"Dumb" by Aleister Crowley
The dews had wept their silent tears,
The moon was up on high,
And every star was sphered with calm,
Like an archangel's eye;
"The Highland Girl's Lament" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
How at Nazareth the Archangel
Hailed the dear predestined maiden
Read from out the Great Evangel
We, the sin and sorrow-laden.
"The Annunciation" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
O! could I say, without a doubt,
There shall my soul be found,
Then let the great archangel shout,
And the last trumpet sound.
"Hymn 113" by Isaac Watts
Archangels leave their high abode
To learn new mysteries here, and tell
The loves of our descending God,
The glories of Immanuel.
"Hymn 2" by Isaac Watts

In news:

St Peter, Gatekeeper To: All Archangels, Administrative Law Angels and Entrance Referees.
Archangel heads field for Red Mile's Kentucky Futurity .
Barbara Emmons stands at the entrance of St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, which has a hearing loop in the sanctuary.
Homily – 29 September 2012 Feast of Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, and Saint Raphael, Archangels Fr Gregory Gresko, Chaplain, Blessed John Paul II Shrine.
This morning, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, and Saint Raphael, Archangels.
CROWLEY- Jessica Lynn Simon of Morse and Chad Michael Jimenez of Houma were married on April 30, 2011 at St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Crowley.
There was magic in the air Friday night at the St Gabriel the Archangel Church Festival.
'The Last ArchAngel' full of warring angels and demons.
Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with David Milarch of the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive about their project to plant clones of ancients tree on the Oregon coast.
They attend St Michael the Archangel Parish.
As Archangel Michael, the great protector, assumes protection of the Earth, the Sun enters Libra (Autumn Equinox ).
50 am (west coast), sword in hand, as Archangel Michael assumes protection of the Earth, Sun enters Libra and Autumn in northern latitudes begins.
The news release stated that Archangel was conducting the funeral business without a license.
Michael the Archangel Parish traces inception to Civil War days.
Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Hollidaysburg got its start during the Civil War.

In science:

For the three examples, shown in Figure 10, 11 and 12, the 2MASS fits consistently underestimate the amount of disk light per isophote, as seen in comparison to the luminosity profile determined from the raw data using the ARCHANGEL routines.
ARCHANGEL Galaxy Photometry System