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- proper n. The vessel built by Noah under God's instructions, as described in Genesis.
- n. A small bivalve mollusc, Arca noae
- n. shark.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. The ship built by Noah according to God's command, as related in the bible.
- proper n. A marine bivalve shell (Arca Noæ), which somewhat resembles an ark, or ship, in form.
- proper n. A child's toy, consisting of an ark-shaped box containing many different wooden animals.
- proper n. Anything having a wide and representative assortment of people or objects of a particular class.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The ark in which, according to the account in Genesis, Noah and his family, with many animals, were saved in the deluge.
- A child's toy representing this ark with its occupants.
- Parallel streaks of cirrus cloud, appearing by the effect of perspective to converge toward the horizon: in some countries a sign of rain. Also called polar bands.
- A bivalve mollusk, Arca noæ, an ark-shell: so named by Linnæus.
- In botany, the larger yellow lady's-slipper, Cypripedium pubescens.
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The broadening of this notion per - mitted Augustine to answer another objection regard - ing the historical truth of the Deluge, voiced by those who did not quite see how the account of the animals preserved on Noah's ark could explain their subsequent distribution in remote islands.
The persons that were employed about Noah's ark (it is but another kind of allusion) were God's workmen to bring on a destruction that destroyed the old world, the world that repented not at the preaching of Noah.