Serpentine meaning

sûrpən-tēn, -tīn
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Serpentine is defined as someone or something like a snake, or coiled and twisted like a snake.

An example of serpentine is the character Voldemort from the Harry Potter series.

An example of serpentine is a rope that's coiled like a snake.

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The serpentine path through the mountains was narrow and dangerous.

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The definition of a serpentine is a dark green gemstone that contains light green speckles.

An example of a serpentine is a popular stone made into beads and used for jewelry.

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Of or resembling a serpent, as in form or movement; sinuous.
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Subtly sly and tempting.
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Relating to or derived from serpentine or soil containing serpentine.
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Any of a group of greenish, brownish, or spotted minerals, Mg3 Si2 O5 (OH)4 , used as a source of magnesium and asbestos, and in architecture as a decorative stone.
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Of or like a serpent.
  • Evilly cunning or subtle; treacherous.
  • Coiled or twisted; winding.
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Something that twists or coils like a snake, as a coil of thin paper thrown out to unwind as a streamer.
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A rock or mineral, as chrysotile, consisting chiefly of hydrous magnesium silicate and having a greenish, often mottled, coloring.
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Any of a group of greenish, brownish, or yellowish monoclinic minerals, occurring in igneous or metamorphic rocks. They are used as a source of magnesium and asbestos. Chemical formula: (Mg,Fe)3Si2O5(OH)4.
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Having the shape or form of a snake.

There are serpentine species of lizards which do not have legs.

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Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of snakes.
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Of, or having attributes associated with, the mythological serpent, such as craftiness or deceitfulness.

The wily criminal was known for his serpentine behavior.

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Any of several plants believed to cure snakebites.
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An early form of cannon.
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(mathematics) Any of several related cubic curves; anguinea.
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(archaic) To serpentize; to turn or bend; to meander.
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(geology, botany) Of or characteristic of serpentine rocks or the plants that grow there.
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(mineralogy) Any of several green/brown minerals consisting of a magnesium and iron silicates.
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(mineralogy) Any of many minerals that have the same layered crystal structure.
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(geology) An outcrop or region with soil and rock dominated by these minerals.
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(organic chemistry) An indole alkaloid found in Rauwolfia.
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The lake in Hyde Park, London.
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A name given to several rivers in Alaska, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
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Origin of serpentine

  • Middle English from Old French serpentin from Late Latin serpentīnus from Latin serpēns serpent- serpent serpent

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

  • From Latin serpentÄ«nus, from serpÄ“ns (“serpent").

    From Wiktionary

  • From resemblance to a serpent's skin.

    From Wiktionary