Aaron's rod

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

A reference to Numbers 17:8, the Authorized / KJV translation of which is "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."

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Aaron's rod (countable and uncountable, plural Aaron's rods)

  1. Any of various plants with a tall flowering stem, especially:
    1. Verbascum thapsus, the great mullein, common mullein, or hag-taper. [First attested in the mid 18th century.][1]
    2. Goldenrod, the Solidago genus of North American plants with yellow flowers.
    3. Hylotelephium telephium (syn. Sedum telephium), orpine, livelong, or live-forever.
  2. (architecture) A rod-shaped molding decorated with an entwined snake, and sometimes leaves, vines, and/or scrolls.
  3. (archaic) A rod with one serpent twined around it, as used by Aaron (differing from the caduceus of Mercury, which has two serpents).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ “Aaron's rod” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 2.