• Serpent

    Pronunciation

    • GenAm IPA: /ˈsɝpənt/
    • RP IPA: /ˈsɜːpənt/
    • Hyphenation: ser + pent

    Origin

    From Latin Latin serpens ("snake"), from the verb serpo ("to creep"), from Proto-Indo-European *serp-.

    Full definition of serpent

    Noun

    serpent

    (plural serpents)
    1. A snake.
    2. (musical instruments) An obsolete wind instrument in the brass family, whose shape is suggestive of a snake (Serpent (instrument)).
    3. (figurative) A subtle, treacherous, malicious person.
    4. A kind of firework with a serpentine motion.

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    Verb

    1. (obsolete) To wind; to encircle.
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