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Archangel (Archangel'sk) City and major port on the North Dvina delta, nw Russia. Archangel was opened to European trade in c.1600 and prospered as Russia's only port until 1703. The monastery of Archangel Michael was built here (1685–99). The port received supplies from Allied convoys during World War II. In the winter, icebreakers keep the large harbour clear, but the port remains ice-free for about six months – a crucial factor for commerce in n European Russia. Timber and wood products are the main exports. Industries: building, paper. Pop. (1994) 407,000.

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archangel an angel of greater than ordinary rank; (in traditional Christian angelology) a being of the eighth-highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. The name is recorded from Middle English, and comes via Anglo-Norman French and ecclesiastical Latin, from ecclesiastical Greek arkhangelos, from arkhi- ‘chief’ + angelos ‘messenger, angel’.

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arch·an·gel / ˈärkˌānjəl/ • n. an angel of high rank. ∎  in traditional Christian angelology, a being of the eighth order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. DERIVATIVES: arch·an·gel·ic / ˌärkanˈjelik/ adj.

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archangel (ärk´ānjəl), chief angel. They are four to seven in number. Sometimes specific functions are ascribed to them. The four best known in Christian tradition are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel. In early Jewish literature archangels are called "angels of the presence."

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archangel

archangel (repl. OE. hēahenġel) XII. — OF. archangele — ecclL. archangelus — ecclGr. (LXX) arkhággelos; see ARCH-, ANGEL.

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Archangel (city, Russia)

Archangel: see Arkhangelsk, Russia.

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archangel •Tintagel • evangel • angel • archangel •brinjal • Nigel • cudgel

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