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Meaning of Aaron's rod

Aar'on's rod'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a rod, inscribed with the name of Aaron, that miraculously blossomed and yielded almonds. Num. 17:8. Previously, the rod had changed into a serpent. Ex. 7:10.
  2. any of various plants having a tall, flowering stem, as the goldenrod or mullein.
  3. a smooth-stemmed herb, Thermopsis caroliniana, found from North Carolina to Georgia, having yellow flowers in stiffly erect clusters and hoary pods.
  4. a convex molding having regularly spaced representations of leaves or scrollwork.
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