Aaron's rodAaron's rod
- A rod-shaped architectural molding decorated with a design of leaves, scrolls, or a twined serpent.
- Any of various plants with a tall flowering stalk.
Origin of Aaron's rodAfter the blossoming rod of Aaron in Numbers 17:8
(countable and uncountable, plural Aaron's rods)
- Any of various plants with a tall flowering stem, especially:
- (architecture) A rod-shaped molding decorated with an entwined snake, and sometimes leaves, vines, and/or scrolls.
- (archaic) A rod with one serpent twined around it, as used by Aaron (differing from the caduceus of Mercury, which has two serpents).
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."