a bundle of rods bound about an ax with projecting blade, carried before ancient Roman magistrates as a symbol of authority: later, the symbol of Italian fascism
Origin of fascesL, plural of fascis, a bundle, fagot, packet ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhasko-, bundle from source Middle Irish basc, neckband
A bundle of rods bound together around an ax with the blade projecting, carried before ancient Roman magistrates as an emblem of authority.
Origin of fascesLatin fasc&emacron;s, pl. of fascis, bundle.
From Latin fasces, plural of fascis