An example of caduceus is the winged staff carried by Mercury, the messenger god.
An example of caduceus is the symbol of the medical profession.
Origin of caduceus
- Latin cādūceus alteration of Greek dialectal kārūkeion from kārūx herald
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Via Latin cādūceus, cādūceum, adaptation of Doric Ancient Greek καρύκειον (karukeion, “herald’s wand or staff”). This and Attic Greek κηρύκειον (kērukeion) are derived from κῆρυξ (kērux, “herald, public messenger”). Related to κηρύσσω (kērussō, “I announce”).