Origin of serpent
Examples from the Web for serpent
In fact I wanted to call the novel “Sex with the Serpent Girl” but was overruled.The Most Underrated Novels I’ve Edited
November 19, 2013
We are on the last leg of the walk, and beginning to lose hope of a serpent score.How to Catch a Giant Python
February 28, 2010
Isbell's book is titled The Fruit, the Tree and the Serpent: Why We See So Well.The Best of Brit Lit
October 8, 2009
I think you'd better get rid of that Shandy serpent; he seems ripe for any deviltry.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
In moving I had trodden on or touched the serpent with my foot, and it had bitten me just above the ankle.
Cursed be the serpent that bit you and had not sufficient power in its venom to kill!
And the woman said, "The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat."Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Had she produced a serpent, I could not have been more frightened.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
- a literary or dialect word for snake
- Old Testament a manifestation of Satan as a guileful tempter (Genesis 3:1–5)
- a sly, deceitful, or unscrupulous person
- an obsolete wind instrument resembling a snake in shape, the bass form of the cornett
- a firework that moves about with a serpentine motion when ignited
Word Origin and History for serpent
c.1300, "limbless reptile," also the tempter in Gen. iii:1-5, from Old French serpent, sarpent "snake, serpent" (12c.), from Latin serpentem (nominative serpens) "snake; creeping thing," also the name of a constellation, from present participle of serpere "to creep," from PIE *serp- "to crawl, creep" (cf. Sanskrit sarpati "creeps," sarpah "serpent;" Greek herpein "to creep," herpeton "serpent;" Albanian garper "serpent").
Used figuratively to express spiral or regularly sinuous, e.g. as the word for a type of musical instrument (1730). Serpent's tongue as figurative of venomous or stinging speech is from mistaken medieval notion that the serpent's tongue was its "sting." Serpent's tongue also was a name given to fossil shark's teeth (c.1600).