Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Christian art, the union of the four attributes of the evangelists in one figure, winged, and standing on winged fiery wheels, the wings being covered with eyes. It is the type of unparalleled velocity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Christian Art) The union of the four attributes of the Evangelists in one figure, which is represented as winged, and standing on winged fiery wheels, the wings being covered with eyes. The representations of it are evidently suggested by the vision of Ezekiel (ch. i.)

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A symbolic arrangement of four differing elements, or the combination of four disparate elements in one unit.
  • noun art The union of the four attributes of the Evangelists in one figure or a group of four figures.

Etymologies

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tetra- + -morph

Examples

  • The Four Creatures, later attributes of the Evangelists, originate in the mystical vision of Ezekiel (Ezek. 1:5ff. as a composite four-sided creature made up of a lion, a calf, a man, and a flying eagle, known as a tetramorph (Rev.

    A Handbook of Symbols in Christian Art

  • The Four Creatures, later attributes of the Evangelists, originate in the mystical vision of Ezekiel (Ezek. 1:5ff. as a composite four-sided creature made up of a lion, a calf, a man, and a flying eagle, known as a tetramorph (Rev.

    A Handbook of Symbols in Christian Art

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