[sur-puh nz, -penz]
- 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
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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.
Just south of Serpens and Ophiuchus lies one of the most beautiful and easily recognized constellations in the heavens.
- 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
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