Caduceus



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.
Contemporary Examples

The Symbol Mitt Romney Demanded on His Official Gubernatorial Portrait Michael Daly October 21, 2012
The Symbol Mitt Romney Demanded on His Official Gubernatorial Portrait Michael Daly October 21, 2012
The Symbol Mitt Romney Demanded on His Official Gubernatorial Portrait Michael Daly October 21, 2012

Historical Examples

Ophiolatreia Anonymous
Prophetical, Educational and Playing Cards Mrs. John King Van Rensselaer
Tradition John Francis Arundell
Book-Plates William J. Hardy
The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2) Frederic G. Kenyon
The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri Dante Alighieri
Prophetical, Educational and Playing Cards Mrs. John King Van Rensselaer

noun (pl) -cei (-sɪˌaɪ)
(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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