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The wand carried by an ancient Greek or Roman herald; wand carried by Hermes or Mercury as the messenger of the gods; usually represented with two serpents twined round it. Latin “caduceus” < Greek “karukeion” < “kerux”=herald.

Capable of causing damage or harm. Latin “deleterius” < harmful, poisonous < Greek “dilisthai”=to harm + Latin “-ous”=adjective-forming suffix.

As a noun, a medical instrument with a very thin hollow needle used to inject drugs into the body through the skin. Greek “ipo”=under + “dermis”=skin.

Exposed to the wind; windswept. Latin “anemius” < Greek “anemaios”=windy, vain, empty < “anemos”=wind + “-ous”=adjective-forming suffix meaning “full of.”

A medical condition where the nose and air passages become filled with mucus. French “catarrh” < Latin “catarrhus” < Greek “katarrein”=to flow downwards.

A book that contains a collection of psalms for worship. Old English “saltyre” < Latin “psalterium”=a stringed instrument < Greek “psallein”=to twang, twitch, play.

To express agreement with or approval of; to assent to or acknowledge; to ratify or confirm; to approve something for sale. Mainly Scottish from Latin “homologare”=to agree < Greek “homologein”=to confess.

A keyboard instrument like an organ but with the notes produced by steam whistles, used chiefly on showboats and in traveling fairs. Latin “Calliope” < Greek “Kalliope”=Muse of Poetry < “kali”=beautiful + “opos”=voice.

Having a relatively long skull where the breadth is less than four-fifths of the length. Greek “dolikos”=long + “kefalikos”=related to the head < “kefali”=head.

A bag, usually of leather or cloth, used by women for carrying money and personal objects. Latin “bursa”=hide, leather (from which a bag is made) < Greek “bursa.”

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