Jacob's ladder

noun
Ja·​cob's ladder | \ ˈjā-kəbz- How to pronounce Jacob's ladder (audio) \

Definition of Jacob's ladder

1 : any of a genus (Polemonium) of herbs of the phlox family that have pinnate leaves, a bell-shaped corolla, and a several-seeded capsule especially : a perennial herb (P. caeruleum) with bright blue or occasionally white flowers
2 : a marine ladder of rope or chain with wooden or iron rungs

First Known Use of Jacob's ladder

1733, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Jacob's ladder

from the ladder seen in a dream by Jacob in Genesis 28:12

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“Jacob's ladder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jacob%27s%20ladder. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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