Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, an ornament consisting of a straight rod from which pointed leaves sprout on either side. The term is also applied to an ornament consisting of a rod with one serpent entwined about it, as distinguished from a caduceus, which has two serpents.
- n. A popular name of several plants with tall flowering stems, as the goldenrod, the hag-taper, etc.
- n. architecture A rod-shaped molding decorated with an entwined snake, and sometimes leaves, vines, and/or scrolls.
- n. archaic A rod with one serpent twined around it, as used by Aaron (differing from the caduceus of Mercury, which has two serpents).
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Arch.) A rod with one serpent twined around it, thus differing from the caduceus of Mercury, which has two.
- (Bot.) A plant with a tall flowering stem; esp. the great mullein, or hag-taper, and the golden-rod.
- n. tall-stalked very woolly mullein with densely packed yellow flowers; ancient Greeks and Romans dipped the stalks in tallow for funeral torches
- 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)
“Mr. Stowe said in his sermon last Sunday that the mysteries of God's ways with us must be swallowed up by the greater mystery of the love of Christ, even as Aaron's rod swallowed up the rods of the magicians.”
“There was nothing in it but the two tables of stone written with the finger of God; -- before it was Aaron's rod that budded, with a pot full of manna; -- over it was the propitiatory, or mercy-seat, being a plate of gold as long and as broad as the ark, covering it, being shadowed with the cherubims of glory.”
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