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serpent

noun ser·pent \ˈsər-pənt\

: a usually large snake

Full Definition of SERPENT

1
a archaic :  a noxious creature that creeps, hisses, or stings
b :  snake
2
:  devil 1
3
:  a treacherous person
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Examples of SERPENT

  1. <an Aztec carving of a feathered serpent representing the god Quetzalcoatl>
  2. <beware the temptations of the serpent>

Origin of SERPENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin serpent-, serpens, from present participle of serpere to creep; akin to Greek herpein to creep, Sanskrit sarpati he creeps
First Known Use: 13th century
SERPENT Defined for Kids

serpent

noun ser·pent \ˈsər-pənt\

Definition of SERPENT for Kids

:  a usually large snake
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