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caduceus


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Caduceus  \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 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  caduceus 
  n  :  an  insignia  used  by  the  medical  profession;  modeled  after 
  the  staff  of  Hermes 




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