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  • n  an insignia used by the medical profession; modeled after the staff of Hermes

  • Two snakes coiled around a winged staff form the caduceus of the god Mercury, who, aside from being the messenger of the gods, is also god of commerce, the deity of thieves and .
  • The naked sword with two snakes wrapped around the hilt (adapted from the conventional caduceus, the snake-entwined staff of the medical profession) is often pictured as "a flaming .
  • So goes Funny Girl, a spun caduceus of Barbra Streisand the comic nut and Barbra Streisand the incomparable singer; Barbra Streisand in combat boots with red, white and blue .
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