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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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 Now that the snake's out of the cage, J.K. is spilling the tea leaves on how Nagini got to be a serpent in the first place. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "New 'Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald' Trailer Confirms Voldemort’s Snake Nagini Was a Actually a WITCH," 25 Sep. 2018 Moira Boxall, who returned to Glasgow after vacationing in Queensland, Australia, found the serpent curled up in one of her shoes after the long trek. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Python on Plane Travels from Australia to Scotland Inside Woman's Shoe," 25 Feb. 2019 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

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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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