from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A symbolic arrangement of four differing elements, or the combination of four disparate elements in one unit.
- n. The union of the four attributes of the Evangelists in one figure or a group of four figures.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
tetra- + -morph (Wiktionary)
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.