Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Definition for Abbey (-s)
abbey (-s), n. [Aramaic abbā, father.] (webplay: authority, ignorance, places, possessing, privileges, superior, world).
- Tomb; sepulcher; vault; burial chamber; resting place for the dead; church building which houses tombs for the dead.
- Chrysalis; colored sheath of a butterfly; protective casing for a larvae; colorful body and wings that a butterfly leaves behind at death; silky container holding a new larvae that a butterfly leaves behind at death; [fig.] metamorphosis; mortal tabernacle; symbol of birth, life, death, and resurrection.
- Haunted sanctuary; dilapidated medieval church building.
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