noun, plural ca·du·ce·i [kuh-doo-see-ahy, -shee-ahy, -dyoo-] /kəˈdu siˌaɪ, -ʃiˌaɪ, -ˈdyu-/.
Origin of caduceus
Examples from the Web for caduceus
Contemporary Examples of 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.
Historical Examples of caduceus
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.
noun plural -cei (-sɪˌaɪ)
Word Origin 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.