illustration of a phoenix from the Aberdeen Bestiary; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

A bird like an eagle which came out of Arabia every 500 years to Heliopolis where it burned itself on the altar and rose again from its ashes, young and beautiful; it is an emblem of immortality. The word phoenix might possibly be read instead of palm-tree in Job 29, which seems to refer to the belief in its immortality.

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MLA Citation

  • “phoenix”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 January 2020. Web. 14 June 2021. <>