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 for Black rod
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rod \Rod\, n. [The same word as rood. See Rood.]
     1. A straight and slender stick; a wand; hence, any slender
        bar, as of wood or metal (applied to various purposes).
        Specifically:
        (a) An instrument of punishment or correction;
            figuratively, chastisement.
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                  He that spareth his rod hateth his son. --Prov.
                                                    xiii. 24.
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        (b) A kind of sceptor, or badge of office; hence,
            figuratively, power; authority; tyranny; oppression.
            "The rod, and bird of peace." --Shak.
        (c) A support for a fishing line; a fish pole. --Gay.
        (d) (Mach. & Structure) A member used in tension, as for
            sustaining a suspended weight, or in tension and
            compression, as for transmitting reciprocating motion,
            etc.; a connecting bar.
        (e) An instrument for measuring.
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     2. A measure of length containing sixteen and a half feet; --
        called also perch, and pole.
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     Black rod. See in the Vocabulary.
  
     Rods and cones (Anat.), the elongated cells or elements of
        the sensory layer of the retina, some of which are
        cylindrical, others somewhat conical.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Black Rod \Black" Rod`\
     (a) the usher to the Chapter of the Garter, so called from
         the black rod which he carries. He is of the king's
         chamber, and also usher to the House of Lords. [Eng.]
     (b) An usher in the legislature of British colonies.
         --Cowell.
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               Committed to the custody of the Black Rod.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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