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Hermes

[hur-meez] /ˈhɜr miz/
noun
1.
the ancient Greek herald and messenger of the gods and the god of roads, commerce, invention, cunning, and theft.
Compare Mercury (def 3).
2.
Astronomy. a small asteroid that in 1937 approached within 485,000 miles (780,000 km) of the earth, the closest approach of an asteroid ever observed.
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Hermes1

/ˈhɜːmiːz/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) the messenger and herald of the gods; the divinity of commerce, cunning, theft, travellers, and rascals. He was represented as wearing winged sandals Roman counterpart Mercury

Hermes2

/ˈhɜːmiːz/
noun
1.
a small asteroid some 800 m in diameter that passed within 670 000 kilometres of the earth in 1937, and is now lost
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Word Origin and History for Hermes

Olympian messenger and god of commerce, son of Zeus and Maia, identified by the Romans with their Mercury, from Greek Hermes, of unknown origin.

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Hermes in Culture
Hermes

[Roman name Mercury]

The messenger god of classical mythology. He traveled with great swiftness, aided by the wings he wore on his sandals and his cap. Hermes was a son of Zeus and the father of Pan.

Note: The caduceus, the wand of Hermes, is the traditional symbol of physicians. It has wings at the top and serpents twined about the staff.
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