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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Photos captured by local resident Rhonda Saunders show the serpent emerging from the water onto the Pensacola Beach. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Rattlesnake emerged from water in Florida, beachgoers say," 27 Sep. 2018 What other treasures lurk in the bellies of Neotropical serpents? Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Place to Find a Snake Is Inside a Different Snake," 21 Dec. 2018 Historical records show the Lake Serpent had a serpent's head carved near the front — an unusual feature for a vessel of that era. Fox News, "Mysterious shipwreck reveals its secrets: Wreck may be Lake Erie’s oldest," 15 Oct. 2018 Made of limestone, the altar depicts the image of the previously unknown king Chak Took Ich’aak carrying a double-headed serpent effigy. James Rogers, Fox News, "'Game of thrones' altar discovered at ancient Maya temple, reveals its secrets," 20 Sep. 2018 Now that [Alice] knows, [Betty's] getting even deeper into the serpent world and is in love with one, too. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Riverdale's Mädchen Amick Is on a Mission to Make Alice Cooper As 'F-cked Up and Complicated' As She Can," 7 Feb. 2018 The candle collection consists of four candles/unique scents; Pine of the Light Candle (green like a serpent), Amber Balm Candle (regal in navy), Exquisite Almond Candle (rich in burgundy), and Carrousel (radiant in gold). Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "5 Harry Potter Holiday Candles," 9 Nov. 2018 Cheryl became an honorary serpent and coupled up with Toni, while legally emancipating herself from her mother and taking control of Thistlehouse. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Here's What's Going to Happen This Season of Riverdale," 10 Oct. 2018 Golfing in the Great Glen Built in the early 1800s, the Caledonian Canal bisects Scotland from northeast to southwest, connecting scenic lochs—including the possibly serpent-harboring Loch Ness—and cutting through the Great Glen. Sara Tucker, WSJ, "European Barge Cruises That Are Anything But Boring," 6 Sep. 2018

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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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