serpent

noun
ser·​pent | \ ˈsər-pənt How to pronounce serpent (audio) \

Definition of serpent

1a archaic : a noxious creature that creeps, hisses, or stings
b : snake
3 : a treacherous person

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Synonyms for serpent

Synonyms

snake, viper

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Examples of serpent in a Sentence

an Aztec carving of a feathered serpent representing the god Quetzalcoatl beware the temptations of the serpent

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Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele is also overseeing the high-jewelry collection, employing the animal motifs seen throughout his designs, with lions, serpents and tigers taking center stage here. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Latest Red Carpet-Ready Looks From Paris High-Jewelry Collections," 8 July 2019 What are the smallest sized cosmic serpents that will be required for these? Quanta Magazine, "The Prime Rib Problem," 14 Aug. 2017 She is usually portrayed as a hideous clawed mother goddess, decked out in writhing serpents, with a grotesque necklace of dangling human hearts, skulls, and hands. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Cowardly Incoherence of Name-Changing, Statue-Toppling, and other Iconoclasms," 25 June 2019 That Follow, the debut feature from Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage, which delves into the serpent-focused doings of a secluded Appalachian religious community. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Them That Follow Is a Lazy Portrait of Religious Fanaticism," 20 June 2019 If Kim's vulnerability makes the human half of her character believable, intense preparation was necessary for the other half, the serpent. Lilli Millhiser, Glamour, "Everyone Is Going to Be Talking About Fantastic Beasts Actress Claudia Kim," 14 Nov. 2018 The 26-year-old man, whose name has not yet been released, was bitten by the serpent on July 14. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Michigan man hospitalized for rare cobra bite; officials scramble to find antivenom," 31 July 2018 The Florida Everglades are teeming with snakes, but scientists conducting research in the marshy grasslands recently encountered a slithering behemoth big enough to make all the other serpents look scrawny. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Capture the Biggest Snake Ever Found in the Florida Everglades," 8 Apr. 2019 Teen Vogue recently caught up with the musician to talk about creating the EP, being inspired by the ‘80s, working with a giant serpent, and more. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Jake Miller's "Based On a True Story" Marks a New Era for the Musician," 29 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of serpent

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of serpent was in the 13th century

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serpent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of serpent

literary : a usually large snake

serpent

noun
ser·​pent | \ ˈsər-pənt How to pronounce serpent (audio) \

Kids Definition of serpent

: a usually large snake

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