Lucifer

Lu"ci*fer

(?), n. [L., bringing light, n., the morning star, fr. lux, lucis, light + ferre to bring.]
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1. The planet Venus, when appearing as the morning star; -- applied in Isaiah by a metaphor to a king of Babylon.
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How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground which didst weaken the nations!
Is. xiv. 12.
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Tertullian and Gregory the Great understood this passage of Isaiah in reference to the fall of Satan; in consequence of which the name Lucifer has since been applied to Satan.
Kitto.
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2. Hence, Satan.
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How wretched
Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favors! . . .
When he falls, he falls like Lucifer,
Never to hope again.
Shak.
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3. A match{1} made of a sliver of wood tipped with a combustible substance, and ignited by friction; -- called also lucifer match, and locofoco, now most commonly referred to as a friction match. See Locofoco.
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4. (Zol.) A genus of free-swimming macruran Crustacea, having a slender body and long appendages.
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