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ser·pen·tine

 (sûr′pən-tēn′, -tīn′)
adj.
1. Of or resembling a serpent, as in form or movement; sinuous.
2. Subtly sly and tempting.
3. Relating to or associated with serpentinite or soil derived from it.
n. (-tēn′)
1. Any of a group of greenish, brownish, or mottled minerals, Mg3Si2O5(OH)4, including chrysotile, a variety of asbestos.
2. A metamorphic rock containing serpentine minerals; serpentinite.

[Middle English, from Old French serpentin, from Late Latin serpentīnus, from Latin serpēns, serpent-, serpent; see serpent.]

serpentine

(ˈsɜːpənˌtaɪn)
adj
1. (Zoology) of, relating to, or resembling a serpent
2. twisting; winding
n
(Mathematics) maths a curve that is symmetric about the origin of and asymptotic to the x-axis
[C14: from Late Latin serpentīnus, from serpēns serpent]

serpentine

(ˈsɜːpənˌtaɪn)
n
1. (Minerals) a dark green or brown mineral with a greasy or silky lustre, found in igneous and metamorphic rocks. It is used as an ornamental stone; and one variety (chrysotile) is known as asbestos. Composition: hydrated magnesium silicate. Formula: Mg3Si2O5(OH)4. Crystal structure: monoclinic
2. (Minerals) any of a group of minerals having the general formula (Mg,Fe)3Si2O5(OH)4
[C15 serpentyn, from Medieval Latin serpentīnum serpentine1; referring to the snakelike patterns of these minerals]

ser•pen•tine1

(ˈsɜr pənˌtin, -ˌtaɪn)

adj.
1. of, characteristic of, or resembling a serpent, as in form or movement.
2. having a winding course, as a road; sinuous.
3. shrewd, wily, or cunning.
n.
4. something with a sinuous, snakelike form or movement.
[1350–1400; Middle English (adj.) < Latin serpentīnus snakelike]
ser′pen•tine`ly, adv.

ser•pen•tine2

(ˈsɜr pənˌtin, -ˌtaɪn)

n.
a green mineral or rock composed of this mineral, hydrous magnesium silicate, Mg3Si2O5(OH)4, occurring in massive, platy, and fibrous varieties.
[1400–50; < Medieval Latin serpentīnum, n. use. of neuter of serpentīnus serpentine1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.serpentine - resembling a serpent in form; "a serpentine wall"; "snaky ridges in the sand"
curved, curving - having or marked by a curve or smoothly rounded bend; "the curved tusks of a walrus"; "his curved lips suggested a smile but his eyes were hard"

serpentine

adjective twisting, winding, snaking, crooked, coiling, meandering, tortuous, sinuous, twisty, snaky serpentine woodland pathways

serpentine

adjective
Repeatedly curving in alternate directions:
Translations
gewundenschlangenförmigSchlangensteinsich schlängelnd
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serpentine

[ˈsɜːpəntaɪn]
A. ADJserpentino
B. N (Min) → serpentina f

serpentine

adj lane, rivergewunden, mit vielen Windungen; road alsokurvenreich; gardenverschlungen

serpentine

[ˈsɜːpnˌtaɪn] n (liter) (sinuous) → sinuoso/a
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The first group of asbestos, Serpentines, contains only one type of asbestos: Chrysotile, also known as white asbestos.