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.
Any of various plants with a tall flowering stem, especially:
- Verbascum thapsus, the great mullein, common mullein, or hag-taper. [First attested in the mid 18th century.].
(archaic) A rod with one serpent twined around it, as used by Aaron (differing from the caduceus of Mercury, which has two serpents).
Origin of aaron-s-rod
- After the blossoming rod of Aaron in Numbers 17:8
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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."