serpent

noun
ser·​pent | \ˈsər-pənt \

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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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 Crow and his pals were searching for serpents near the Wichita Mountains in the southwestern part of the state. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Oklahoma man captures 6-foot rattlesnake before suffering heart attack 20 minutes later," 28 Mar. 2018 Some scholars think Guinea worms may have been the fiery serpents said in the Bible to have attacked the Israelites in the desert. New York Times, "Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs," 18 June 2018 All the new serpents belong to the genera Dipsas or Sibon, which are nonvenomous, tree-dwelling, snail-eating snakes found in South America. Alejandro Arteaga, National Geographic, "These 5 New Snake Species Suck Snails Out of Their Shells," 14 June 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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More Definitions for serpent

serpent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of serpent

: a usually large snake

serpent

noun
ser·​pent | \ˈsər-pənt \

Kids Definition of serpent

: a usually large snake

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