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[ser-pen-tis] /sərˈpɛn tɪs/
genitive of Serpens.


[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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  • A little beyond the lower left-hand corner of the map is the star δ Serpentis, in the position shown in the Frontispiece, Map 3.

    Half-hours with the Telescope Richard A. Proctor
  • The stars θ1 and θ2 Serpentis form a wide double, the distance between the components being 21½ seconds.

    Half-hours with the Telescope Richard A. Proctor
British Dictionary definitions for Serpentis


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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