Serpent meaning

sûrpənt
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(zoology) A snake.
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In the Bible, the creature that tempted Eve, identified in Christian tradition with Satan.
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(person, proper, epithet) Satan, in the form he assumed to tempt Eve: Gen. 3:1-5
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(music) An early bass wind instrument, coiled in form, made of wood covered with leather.
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A subtle, sly, or treacherous person.
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A firework that writhes while burning.
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(music) A deep-voiced wind instrument of serpentine shape, used principally from the 1600s to the 1800s, about 2.5 meters (8 feet) in length and made of brass or wood.
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Serpens.
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A snake, esp. a large or poisonous one.
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A sly, sneaking, treacherous person.
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(figuratively) A subtle, treacherous, malicious person.
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A kind of firework with a serpentine motion.
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(obsolete) To wind; to encircle.

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Origin of serpent

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin serpēns serpent- from present participle of serpere to creep

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin Latin serpens (“snake"), from the verb serpo (“to creep"), from Proto-Indo-European *serp-.

    From Wiktionary