Classical Mythology. the staff carried by Mercury as messenger of the gods.
a representation of this staff used as an emblem of the medical profession and as the insignia of the U.S. Army Medical Corps.
- ca·du·ce·an, adjective
- Compare staff of Aesculapius.
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How to use caduceus in a sentence
And that accomplishment was sitting right there on the desk with a golden caduceus gleaming on the cover.
Romney was smiling as brightly as the caduceus when the painting was officially unveiled at the statehouse in July 2009.
The inclusion of the caduceus seemed no less important to Romney than the inclusion of his wife.
“The whole problem was what to do with the caduceus,” Whitney recalls.
Romney even forgot that he had forgotten the bill with the golden caduceus.
The name of Hermes was chosen because of the supposed magical powers of the god of the caduceus.Witch, Warlock, and Magician | William Henry Davenport Adams
I don't know whether anyone has ever remarked that the caduceus of Mercury represents two serpents coupled.The Natural Philosophy of Love | Remy de Gourmont
She holds in her left hand the caduceus, the winged rod of Mercury, in her right a miniature ship.History of the Postage Stamps of the United States of America | John Kerr Tiffany
And one of them had a petasus and a golden caduceus, and the other had a trumpet.
It was much later when the big caduceus set into the sidewalk snapped him back to awareness of where he'd traveled.Badge of Infamy | Lester del Rey
British Dictionary definitions for caduceus
classical myth a staff entwined with two serpents and bearing a pair of wings at the top, carried by Hermes (Mercury) as messenger of the gods
an insignia resembling this staff used as an emblem of the medical profession: Compare staff of Aesculapius
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