Vesica piscis

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vesica piscis (Eccl. Art) A glory, or aureole, of oval shape, or composed of two arcs of circles usually represented as surrounding a divine personage. More rarely, an oval composed of two arcs not representing a glory; a solid oval, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Vesica piscis (a fish's bladder), a symbol of Christ, an oval aureole surrounding the entire upright figure, supposed to contain an allusion to the sacred Christian emblem, the ichthys
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fish bladder
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., bladder.

Usage

In literature:

It may be that it was derived from that mystical figure of a pointed oval form, the vesica piscis.
"Literary and General Lectures and Essays" by Charles Kingsley
It may be that it was derived from that mystical figure of a pointed oval form, the vesica piscis.
"Health and Education" by Charles Kingsley
Let us now return to the Vesica Piscis.
"Science and the Infinite" by Sydney T. Klein
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In news:

The ceremony will be at Vesica Piscis Chapel in Catoosa at 2 pm on Sunday, Aug 12, 2007.
Hammett, Hockey to wed at Vesica Piscis Chapel.
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