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caduceus

ca·du·ce·us

caduceus

 
pronunciation:
k du si s
part of speech: noun
inflections: caducei
definition 1: in mythology, the staff carried by Mercury, which was entwined by two snakes and had two wings at the top.
definition 2: a representation of this staff, used as the symbol of the medical profession.
derivation: caducean (adj.)