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Meaning of paschal lamb

pas'chal lamb'

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  1. a lamb slaughtered and eaten on the eve of the first day of Passover. Ex. 12:3–11.
  2. (caps.) Christ.
  3. (caps.) any of several symbolic representations of Christ, as the Agnus Dei.
  4. (caps.) Also calleda 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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