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Topic: HUMAN

Language: Old English
Origin: rodd

rod

noun
     
rod [countable]
1TBC a long thin pole or bar
steel/iron/wooden etc rod
The walls are reinforced with steel rods.
a measuring rod
rod
2DSODLO a long thin pole used with a line and hook for catching fish [= fishing rod]
hot rod, lightning rod

➔ rule somebody/something with a rod of iron

at rule2 (5)
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