- A symbol consisting of a staff with two snakes wrapped around it; symbol of medicine in America.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Ca*du"ce*us (?), n. [L.
caduceum, caduceus; akin to Gr. &?; a herald's
wand, fr. &?; herald.] (Myth.) The official staff or
wand of Hermes or Mercury, the messenger of the gods. It was
originally said to be a herald's staff of olive wood, but was
afterwards fabled to have two serpents coiled about it, and two
wings at the top.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Caduceus, the winged rod of Hermes, entwined with two serpents;
originally a simple olive branch; was in the hands of the god possessed
of magical virtues; it was the symbol of peace.
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