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Serpent Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    serpent n
  1. limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous [syn: snake, ophidian]
  2. a firework that moves in serpentine manner when ignited
  3. an obsolete bass cornet; resembles a snake
Serpent Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Serpent \Ser"pent\, n. [F., fr. L. serpens, -entis (sc. bestia), fr. serpens, p. pr. of serpere to creep; akin to Gr. ???, Skr. sarp, and perhaps to L. repere, E. reptile. Cf. Herpes.]
  1. (Zo["o]l.) Any reptile of the order Ophidia; a snake, especially a large snake. See Illust. under Ophidia. Note: The serpents are mostly long and slender, and move partly by bending the body into undulations or folds and pressing them against objects, and partly by using the free edges of their ventral scales to cling to rough surfaces. Many species glide swiftly over the ground, some burrow in the earth, others live in trees. A few are entirely aquatic, and swim rapidly. See Ophidia, and Fang.
  2. Fig.: A subtle, treacherous, malicious person.
  3. A species of firework having a serpentine motion as it passess through the air or along the ground.
  4. (Astron.) The constellation Serpens.
  5. (Mus.) A bass wind instrument, of a loud and coarse tone, formerly much used in military bands, and sometimes introduced into the orchestra; -- so called from its form. Pharaoh's serpent (Chem.), mercuric sulphocyanate, a combustible white substance which in burning gives off a poisonous vapor and leaves a peculiar brown voluminous residue which is expelled in a serpentine from. It is employed as a scientific toy. Serpent cucumber (Bot.), the long, slender, serpentine fruit of the cucurbitaceous plant Trichosanthes colubrina}; also, the plant itself. Serpent eage (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of raptorial birds of the genera Circa["e]tus and Spilornis, which prey on serpents. They inhabit Africa, Southern Europe, and India. The European serpent eagle is Circa["e]tus Gallicus. Serpent eater. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The secretary bird. (b) An Asiatic antelope; the markhoor. Serpent fish (Zo["o]l.), a fish (Cepola rubescens) with a long, thin, compressed body, and a band of red running lengthwise. Serpent star (Zo["o]l.), an ophiuran; a brittle star. Serpent's tongue (Paleon.), the fossil tooth of a shark; -- 220 dictd 1.11.2/rf on FreeBSD 8.1-STABLE <>
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  • Serpent: NOTOC_Serpent Serpent is a synonym for snake . Serpent and similar can also mean: Serpent (symbolism), the name given to a snake in a ...
  • Serpent (symbolism): Serpent is a word of Latin origin (from serpens, serpentis "something that creeps, snake", deriving from the greek word "erpo" (έρπω) and " ...
  • Serpent (Bible): Serpent is the term used to translate a variety of words in the Hebrew bible , the most common being נחש, nahash ), the generic word for " ...
  • Serpent (instrument): A serpent is a bass wind instrument , descended from the cornett , and a distant ancestor of the tuba , with a mouthpiece like a brass ...
  • Sea serpent: A sea serpent or sea dragon is a mythological sea monster either wholly or partly serpentine. Sightings of sea serpents have been reported ...
  • Serpent (cipher): Serpent is a symmetric key block cipher which was a finalist in the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) contest , where it came second to ...
  • Feathered Serpent (deity): The Feathered Serpent was a prominent supernatural entity or deity, found in many Mesoamerica n religions. It was called Quetzalcoatl ...

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* We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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