- the ancient Greek herald and messenger of the gods and the god of roads, commerce, invention, cunning, and theft.Compare Mercury(def 3).
- 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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Examples from the Web for hermes
Hermes helped us for her scarves, as well as Kelly handbag archives.The Only Thing That Sparkles in ‘Grace of Monaco’…the Jewels
May 16, 2014
She cheated on her husband Hephaestus with Ares, Hermes, and Dionysus.‘Aphrodite and the Gods of Love’: Museum Exhibit Gets Visitors in the Mood for Valentine's Day
February 12, 2012
But Hermes also delivers on his stated objective, to carry out a broad-stroke chronology of "music made new" in '70s New York.
But Hermes also recalls the resistance to change; the lost battles.
The New York Dolls, as characterized by Hermes, were not a satellite New York phenomenon, but a precursor to the punk movement.
Before Hermes Charmides left his little clay image of the god.
For here, in a little room all alone, stood his Hermes with the baby Dionysus.
The roof of Hera's temple fell in, and Hermes stood uncovered to the sky.
Before long Hermes' right foot was found imbedded in the clay.
The story is that Hermes was walking one day along the banks of the Nile.How the Piano Came to Be
Ellye Howell Glover
- Greek myth the messenger and herald of the gods; the divinity of commerce, cunning, theft, travellers, and rascals. He was represented as wearing winged sandalsRoman counterpart: Mercury
- 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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