fasces definition by Webster's New World
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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: Classical Latin plural of fascis, a bundle, fagot, packet ; from Old English base an unverified form bhasko-, bundle from source Middle Irish basc, neckband
fasces definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A bundle of rods bound together around an ax with the blade projecting, carried before ancient Roman magistrates as an emblem of authority.
Origin: Latin fascēs, pl. of fascis, bundle.