from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Mythology Hermes as identified with the Egyptian god Thoth, the legendary author of works on alchemy, astrology, and magic.
Medieval Latin Hermēs Trismegistus, from Greek Hermēs trismegistos : Hermēs, Hermes + trismegistos, thrice greatest (tris, thrice; + megistos, greatest).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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