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serpent

[ sur-puhnt ]

noun

  1. a snake.
  2. a wily, treacherous, or malicious person.
  3. the Devil; Satan. Genesis 3:1–5.
  4. a firework that burns with a serpentine motion or flame.
  5. an obsolete wooden wind instrument with a serpentine shape and a deep, coarse tone. Compare ophicleide.
  6. Serpent, Astronomy. the constellation Serpens.


serpent

/ ˈsɜːpənt /

noun

  1. a literary or dialect word for snake
  2. Old Testament a manifestation of Satan as a guileful tempter (Genesis 3:1–5)
  3. a sly, deceitful, or unscrupulous person
  4. an obsolete wind instrument resembling a snake in shape, the bass form of the cornett
  5. a firework that moves about with a serpentine motion when ignited


serpent

  1. The creature in the Book of Genesis that tempts Eve to eat the forbidden fruit , thus committing the first act of the Fall of Man . In the New Testament , the serpent of Genesis is identified with Satan .


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Word History and Origins

Origin of serpent1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin serpent-, stem of serpēns “crawling”; Serpens
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Word History and Origins

Origin of serpent1

C14: via Old French from Latin serpēns a creeping thing, from serpere to creep; related to Greek herpein to crawl
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Example Sentences

Still we sped north, ever closer to the living, billowing serpent of smoke devouring the sky.

“I tell my colleagues, the serpent who bites your enemy today could bite you tomorrow,” Buck said.

They’re delightful, non-threatening, and non-fire-breathing — colorful serpents who fly, swim, and generally behave like wriggly pets.

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Co-written and co-produced with Sampha and Lil Silva, serpent expresses love and gratitude for friends and the love they share.

She is flying uphill, toward the belly of the serpent, making it look easy.

In fact I wanted to call the novel “Sex with the Serpent Girl” but was overruled.

We are on the last leg of the walk, and beginning to lose hope of a serpent score.

Isbell's book is titled The Fruit, the Tree and the Serpent: Why We See So Well.

In response to the criticism, an Iraqi state-run newspaper published a poem calling Albright an “unparalleled serpent.”

He was Honour's self, till he brought the serpent to his bosom, in the shape of his perfidious son.

But all of this is in contradiction to the curses of Jahveh on the serpent, and on those to whom the serpent brought wisdom.

A serpent is a serpent, and none the less a viper, because nestled in the bosom of an honest hearted man.

He dreamt of a serpent coiling around his throat, and when he strove to grasp it the slimy thing glided away from his clutch.

For two years Corentin was attached to this strange girl as a serpent to a tree.

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