Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) an insignia used by the medical profession; modeled after the staff of Hermes

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Alternate forms of Caduceus

Derivations: caducean

Hypernyms: insignia

Origin of the word Caduceus

  1. 1590s, from L. caduceus, alteration of Doric Gk. karykeion "herald's staff," from karyx (gen. karykos) "a herald," from PIE *karu-, from base *kar- "to praise loudly" (cf. Skt. carkarti "mentions with praise," O.E. hre? "fame, glory"). Especially the wand carried by Mercury, messenger of the gods, usually represented with … more

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