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[sur-puh nz, -penz] /ˈsɜr pənz, -pɛnz/
noun, genitive Serpentis
[ser-pen-tis] /sərˈpɛn tɪs/ (Show IPA).
the Serpent, a constellation consisting of two separate parts, the head (Serpens Caput) and the tail (Serpens Cauda) with Ophiuchus in between.
Origin of Serpens
< Latin serpēns serpent, orig. present participle of serpere to creep, crawl; cognate with Greek hérpēs (cf. herpes, herpetology) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Serpens
Historical Examples
  • The head of Serpens is the star group in the form of an "X" just below the Crown.

    A Field Book of the Stars William Tyler Olcott
  • The marginal translation in the English version is ‘crossing like a bar,’ instead of piercing, and the Vulgate has Serpens vectis.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • Reference is here made to the beautiful constellation of "Serpens," or Draco, of graceful and striking appearance.

    The Spirit and the Word Zachary Taylor Sweeney
  • From here a line of fairly bright stars marks the course of Serpens southward to the hand of Ophiuchus.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
  • Just south of Serpens and Ophiuchus lies one of the most beautiful and easily recognized constellations in the heavens.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
  • Grandmother—ingress of Crab—conjunction of Scorpio with Serpens—moon in eleventh house.

  • Buffon himself could not tell whether the animal was a quadruped, or of the order, Serpens!

    The Prairie J. Fenimore Cooper
  • The constellation Draco (anguis, Serpens) was probably so 468 called from its fanciful likeness to a snake.

  • Also look at the stars in the head of Serpens, several of which form a figure like a letter X.

    Astronomy with an Opera-glass Garrett Putman Serviss
  • We now pass northward to the region covered by map No. 14, including the remainder of Ophiuchus and Serpens.

    Pleasures of the telescope Garrett Serviss
British Dictionary definitions for Serpens


noun (Latin genitive) Serpentis (səˈpɛntɪs)
a faint extensive constellation situated in the N and S equatorial regions and divided into two parts, Serpens Caput (the head) lying between Ophiuchus and Boötes and Serpens Cauda (the tail) between Ophiuchus and Aquila
Word Origin
Latin: serpent
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