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caduceus Line breaks: ca¦du|ceus
Pronunciation: /kəˈdjuːsɪəs/

Definition of caduceus in English:

noun (plural caducei kəˈdjuːsɪʌɪ)

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An ancient Greek or Roman herald’s wand, typically one with two serpents twined round it, carried by the messenger god Hermes or Mercury.
Example sentences
  • The drone is the idea of sound underneath the appearances, the dark emptiness that groans out of the fault, the opening, that the poet, now the mature, oracular Nobel Laureate, approaches with his caduceus.
  • Nearly all his works are signed with a caduceus (a herald's staff).
  • He looked up at the jamb and saw the caduceus, the serpent curled around a sword, and realized this was the firewall between the medical computer and the rest of the ship's systems.


Latin, from Doric Greek karukeion from Greek kērux 'herald'.

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