serpentine


1ser·pen·tine

adjective \ˈsər-pən-ˌtēn, -ˌtīn\

: having many bends and turns

Full Definition of SERPENTINE

1
:  of or resembling a serpent (as in form or movement)
2
:  subtly wily or tempting
3
a :  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

2serpentine

noun

Definition of SERPENTINE

:  something that winds sinuously

First Known Use of SERPENTINE

1519

3ser·pen·tine

noun \-ˌtēn\

Definition of SERPENTINE

:  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

Other Mineralogy Terms

agate, host, inclusion, matrix, streak

serpentine

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of a group of magnesium-rich silicate minerals whose composition resembles MgSiO(OH). Serpentine generally occurs in three forms: as chrysotile, the most common variety of asbestos; and as antigorite or lizardite, both of which are commonly massive and fine-grained. Named in allusion to its resemblance to a snake's skin, serpentine is usually grayish, white, or green but may be yellow or green-blue. It takes a high polish and is sometimes used as an ornamental stone.

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