- 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.
Origin of caduceus
Examples from the Web for caduceus
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.
It is the Caduceus, or Rod, and the suit takes its name from it.Prophetical, Educational and Playing Cards
Mrs. John King Van Rensselaer
Let us take the caduceus of Hermes as the mystic symbol of beauty.
To describe the caduceus is to describe the love mechanism of ophidians.The Natural Philosophy of Love
Remy de Gourmont
A caduceus, against which rests a shield of arms, lies at her feet.
The cherub on the dexter side is seated, and holds a caduceus in his right hand.
- 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 professionCompare staff of Aesculapius
Word Origin and History for caduceus
1590s, from Latin caduceus, alteration of Doric Greek karykeion "herald's staff," from karyx (genitive karykos) "a herald," from PIE *karu-, from root *kar- "to praise loudly, extol" (cf. Sanskrit carkarti "mentions with praise," Old English hreð "fame, glory"). Token of a peaceful embassy; originally an olive branch. Especially the wand carried by Mercury, messenger of the gods, usually represented with two serpents twined round it.
- A winged staff with two serpents twined around it, carried by Hermes.
- An insignia modeled on Hermes' staff and used as the symbol of the medical profession.