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ser·pent

 (sûr′pənt)
n.
1. Zoology A snake.
2. often Serpent In the Bible, the creature that tempted Eve, identified in Christian tradition with Satan.
3. A subtle, sly, or treacherous person.
4. A firework that writhes while burning.
5. Music A deep-voiced wind instrument of serpentine shape, used principally from the 1600s to the 1800s, about 2.5 meters (8 feet) in length and made of brass or wood.
6. Serpent Serpens.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin serpēns, serpent-, from present participle of serpere, to creep.]

serpent

(ˈsɜːpənt)
n
1. (Animals) a literary or dialect word for snake
2. (Bible) Old Testament a manifestation of Satan as a guileful tempter (Genesis 3:1–5)
3. a sly, deceitful, or unscrupulous person
4. (Instruments) an obsolete wind instrument resembling a snake in shape, the bass form of the cornett
5. a firework that moves about with a serpentine motion when ignited
[C14: via Old French from Latin serpēns a creeping thing, from serpere to creep; related to Greek herpein to crawl]

ser•pent

(ˈsɜr pənt)

n.
1. a snake.
2. a wily, treacherous, or malicious person.
3. the Devil; Satan. Gen. 3:1–5.
4. an obsolete wooden wind instrument with a serpentine shape and a deep tone.
[1250–1300; (< Middle French) < Latin serpent-, s. of serpēns, orig. present participle of serpere to creep, crawl]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.serpent - limbless scaly elongate reptileserpent - limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous
diapsid, diapsid reptile - reptile having a pair of openings in the skull behind each eye
colubrid, colubrid snake - mostly harmless temperate-to-tropical terrestrial or arboreal or aquatic snakes
blind snake, worm snake - wormlike burrowing snake of warm regions having vestigial eyes
constrictor - any of various large nonvenomous snakes that kill their prey by crushing it in its coils
elapid, elapid snake - any of numerous venomous fanged snakes of warmer parts of both hemispheres
sea snake - any of numerous venomous aquatic viviparous snakes having a fin-like tail; of warm littoral seas; feed on fish which they immobilize with quick-acting venom
viper - venomous Old World snakes characterized by hollow venom-conducting fangs in the upper jaw
2.serpent - a firework that moves in serpentine manner when ignited
firework, pyrotechnic - (usually plural) a device with an explosive that burns at a low rate and with colored flames; can be used to illuminate areas or send signals etc.
3.serpent - an obsolete bass cornet; resembles a snake
cornet, trumpet, trump, horn - a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves
Translations
ثُعْبان، حَيَّه
had
slange
käärmesinkki
kígyó
ular
snákur, slanga
serpens
žaltys
čūska
şarpe
orm

serpent

[ˈsɜːpənt] N (poet) → serpiente f, sierpe f (liter)

serpent

[ˈsɜːrpənt] n (= snake) → serpent m

serpent

n
(liter)Schlange f (also fig)
(Mus) → Serpent nt

serpent

[ˈsɜːpnt] n (liter) → serpente m

serpent

(ˈsəːpənt) noun
a snake.
References in classic literature ?
But that autumn the serpent got into Meg's paradise, and tempted her like many a modern Eve, not with apples, but with dress.
There was the faint report--the crack of the electric rifle-- and the folds of the serpent seemed to relax.
It lay in a long braid on the sofa pillow, coiled like a golden serpent.
has he not seen that the woods were filled with outlying parties of the enemies, and that the serpent could not steal through them without being seen?
But, as it happened, scarcely had Phoebe's eyes rested again on the Judge's countenance than all its ugly sternness vanished; and she found herself quite overpowered by the sultry, dog-day heat, as it were, of benevolence, which this excellent man diffused out of his great heart into the surrounding atmosphere,--very much like a serpent, which, as a preliminary to fascination, is said to fill the air with his peculiar odor.
It might be, too -- doubtless it was so, although she hid the secret from herself, and grew pale whenever it struggled out of her heart, like a serpent from its hole -- it might be that another feeling kept her within the scene and pathway that had been so fatal.
The good Book says, `it biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder
Each must hie to her own home; wend you we might do all these journeys in one so brief life as He hath appointed that created life, and thereto death likewise with help of Adam, who by sin done through persuasion of his helpmeet, she being wrought upon and bewrayed by the beguilements of the great enemy of man, that serpent hight Satan, aforetime consecrated and set apart unto that evil work by over- mastering spite and envy begotten in his heart through fell ambitions that did blight and mildew a nature erst so white and pure whenso it hove with the shining multitudes its brethren-born in glade and shade of that fair heaven wherein all such as native be to that rich estate and --"
Then the preacher begun to preach, and begun in earnest, too; and went weaving first to one side of the platform and then the other, and then a-leaning down over the front of it, with his arms and his body going all the time, and shouting his words out with all his might; and every now and then he would hold up his Bible and spread it open, and kind of pass it around this way and that, shouting, "It's the brazen serpent in the wilderness
The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent.
I sometimes wonder at him with an intensity that deadens my fear: yet, I assure you, a tiger or a venomous serpent could not rouse terror in me equal to that which he wakens.
Gummidge, and only wished that a lion or a serpent, or any ill-disposed monster, would make an attack upon us, that I might destroy him, and cover myself with glory.