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  • n. A rod-shaped molding decorated with an entwined snake, and sometimes leaves, vines, and/or scrolls.
  • n. A rod with one serpent twined around it, as used by Aaron (differing from the caduceus of Mercury, which has two serpents).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A rod with one serpent twined around it, thus differing from the caduceus of Mercury, which has two.
  • A plant with a tall flowering stem; esp. the great mullein, or hag-taper, and the golden-rod.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, an ornament consisting of a straight rod from which pointed leaves sprout on either side.
  • n. A popular name of several plants with tall flowering stems, as the goldenrod, the hag-taper, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tall-stalked very woolly mullein with densely packed yellow flowers; ancient Greeks and Romans dipped the stalks in tallow for funeral torches

Etymologies

With reference to Numbers 17:8 (‘And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.’ King James Version). (Wiktionary)

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