What Does Mercury Mean?

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Mercury, our first planet, was given its name by the Romans. It was named after their god of commerce, travel and thievery. They probably named it Mercury, because it moves so quickly through the sky. Mercury moves so fast it takes only 88 Earth days to go around the Sun. But Mercury has very long days. While Earth days are approximately 24 hours, a day on Mercury last 176 of our days. So you would age 2 years in one Mercurian day
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mer·cu·ry
[mur-kyuh-ree]
NOUN [PLURAL MER·CU·RIES.]
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Chemistry a heavy, silver-white, highly toxic metallic element, the only one that is liquid at room temperature; quicksilver: used in barometers, thermometers, pesticides, pharmaceutical preparations, reflecting surfaces of mirrors, and dental fillings, in certain switches, lamps, and other electric apparatus, and as a laboratory catalyst. Symbol: Hg; atomic weight: 200.59; atomic number: 80; specific gravity: 13.546 at 20°C; freezing point: −38.9°C; boiling point: 357°C.
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Pharmacology this metal as used in medicine, in the form of various organic and inorganic compounds, usually for skin infections.
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(initial capital letter) the ancient Roman god who served as messenger of the gods and was also the god of commerce, thievery, eloquence, and science, identified with the Greek god Hermes.
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(initial capital letter) Astronomy the planet nearest the sun, having a diameter of 3031 miles (4878 km), a mean distance from the sun of 36 million miles (57.9 million km), and a period of revolution of 87.96 days, and having no satellites: the smallest planet in the solar system.
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a messenger, especially a carrier of news.
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The name Mercury comes from Roman mythology. He was the God of commerce. It is also a metallic element that is liquid at room temperature and it looks silvery. You can find more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_%28planet%29
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