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Caduceus definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CADUCEUS, n. In antiquity, Mercurys rod; a wand entwisted by two serpents, borne by Mercury as an ensign of quality and office. On medals, the Caduceus is a symbol of good conduct, peace and prosperity. The rod represents power; the serpents, wisdom; and the two wings, diligence and activity.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: an insignia used by the medical profession; modeled after the staff of Hermes

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural caducei) Etymology: Latin, modification of Greek karykeion, from karyx, k?ryx herald; akin to Sanskrit k?ru singer Date: 1577 1. the symbolic staff of a herald; specifically a representation of a staff with two entwined snakes and two wings at the top 2. an insignia bearing a caduceus and symbolizing a physician

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. caducei) an Ancient Greek or Roman herald's wand, esp. as carried by the messenger-god Hermes or Mercury. Etymology: L f. Doric Gk karuk(e)ion f. kerux herald

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Caduceus Ca*du"ce*us, n. [L. caduceum, caduceus; akin to Gr. ? a herald's wand, fr. ? herald.] (Myth.) The official staff or wand of Hermes or Mercury, the messenger of the gods. It was originally said to be a herald's staff of olive wood, but was afterwards fabled to have two serpents coiled about it, and two wings at the top.



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