Meaning of Black Rod

Black' Rod'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. (in England) an official of the Order of the Garter and chief ceremonial usher of the House of Lords: so called from the rod carried as the symbol of office.
  2. a similar official in British colonial and Commonwealth legislatures.
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