Pronunciation: (hûr'mēz), [key]
1. the ancient Greek herald and messenger of the gods and the god of roads, commerce, invention, cunning, and theft. Cf. Mercury.
2. Astron.a small asteroid that in 1937 approached within 485,000 mi. (780,000 km) of the earth, the closest approach of an asteroid ever observed.
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