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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
juonikaskäärmemäinenkiemurtelevamutkikasmutkitteleva

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
References in classic literature ?
After having my hands in it for only a few minutes, my fingers felt like eels, and began, as it were, to serpentine and spiralize.
Her figure -- taller than her sister's, taller than the average of woman's height; instinct with such a seductive, serpentine suppleness, so lightly and playfully graceful, that its movements suggested, not unnaturally, the movements of a young cat -- her figure was so perfectly developed already that no one who saw her could have supposed that she was only eighteen.
She had a serpentine way of coming close at me when she pretended to be vitally interested in the friends and localities I had left, which was altogether snaky and fork-tongued; and when she made an occasional bounce upon Startop(who said very little to her), or upon Drummle (who said less), I rather envied them for being on the opposite side of the table.
Out of my sight, thou Serpent, that name best Befits thee with him leagu'd, thy self as false And hateful; nothing wants, but that thy shape, Like his, and colour Serpentine may shew Thy inward fraud, to warn all Creatures from thee Henceforth; least that too heav'nly form, pretended To hellish falshood, snare them.
The only thing she had to vex her was the absence of her daughter; for the fairies, for reasons of their own, determined to bring up the little Princess Serpentine among themselves.
One of my companions touched my arm as we swept round the base of a hill and opened up the lofty, snow-covered peak of a mountain, which seemed, as we wound on our serpentine way, to be right before us.
It was a limbless thing, with a horrible face, that writhed along the ground in a serpentine fashion.
I puzzled over this for a time, and then went on to the bridge over the Serpentine.
We have taken such a very serpentine course, and the wood itself must be half a mile long in a straight line, for we have never seen the end of it yet since we left the first great path.
Emerging from the chain of Blue Mountains, they descended upon a vast plain, almost a dead level, sixty miles in circumference, Of excellent soil, with fine streams meandering through it in every direction, their courses marked out in the wide landscape by serpentine lines of cotton-wood trees, and willows, which fringed their banks, and afforded sustenance to great numbers of beavers and otters.
He had cast up his eyes in astonishment, and, looking down again, beheld neither Goody Cloyse nor the serpentine staff, but his fellow-traveller alone, who waited for him as calmly as if nothing had happened.
There is cultivated in the king's garden at Paris, a species of serpentine aloes without prickles, whose large and beautiful flower exhales a strong odour of the vanilla, during the time of its expansion, which is very short.