seraph sĕr´əf [key], plural seraphim–ĭm [key], supernatural being. The name seems to derive from the Hebrew word to burn. According to the Book of Isaiah, seraphim have six wings. Scholars have suggested that seraphim were winged serpents. In Numbers, the word seraph denotes a fiery (i.e. poisonous) serpent. Like cherubim, seraphim are associated with the glory of God, as in the liturgy. See also cherub.

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