- Chemistry. a heavy, silver-white, highly toxic metallic element, the only one that is liquid at room temperature.
- (M) the ancient Roman god who served as messenger of the gods and was also the god of commerce, eloquence, and science, identified with the Greek god Hermes.
- (M) Astronomy. the planet nearest the sun, having a diameter of 3031 mi. (4878 km), a mean distance from the sun of 36 million mi. (57.9 million km), and a period of revolution of 87.96 days, and having no satellites: the smallest planet in the solar system.
- a messenger, esp. a carrier of news.
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