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serpentine

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adjective ser·pen·tine \ˈsər-pən-ˌtēn, -ˌtīn\

Simple Definition of serpentine

  • : having many bends and turns

Full Definition of serpentine

  1. 1 :  of or resembling a serpent (as in form or movement)

  2. 2 :  subtly wily or tempting

  3. 3a :  winding or turning one way and another <a serpentine road>b :  having a compound curve whose central curve is convex

ser·pen·tine·ly adverb

Examples of serpentine

  1. <the country inn lies at the end of a rather serpentine road, but it's worth the trip>



Origin of serpentine

Middle English, from Anglo-French serpentin, from Late Latin serpentinus, from Latin serpent-, serpens


First Known Use: 15th century


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serpentine

noun ser·pen·tine

Definition of serpentine

  1. :  something that winds sinuously



1519

First Known Use of serpentine

1519


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serpentine

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noun ser·pen·tine \-ˌtēn\

Definition of serpentine

  1. :  a mineral or rock consisting essentially of a hydrous magnesium silicate usually having a dull green color and often a mottled appearance



Origin of serpentine

Middle English, from Anglo-French serpentin, Medieval Latin serpentina, serpentinum, from Late Latin, feminine & neuter of serpentinus resembling a serpent


First Known Use: 15th century

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SERPENTINE Defined for Kids

serpentine

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adjective ser·pen·tine \ˈsər-pən-ˌtēn, -ˌtīn\

Definition of serpentine

  1. :  winding or turning one way and another <a serpentine path>





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