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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.
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.]
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1. (Zoology) of, relating to, or resembling a serpent
2. twisting; winding
(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]
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]
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ser•pen•tine1(ˈsɜr pənˌtin, -ˌtaɪn)
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•tine2(ˈsɜr pənˌtin, -ˌtaɪn)
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]
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|Adj.||1.||serpentine - resembling a serpent in form; "a serpentine wall"; "snaky ridges in the sand"|
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adjective twisting, winding, snaking, crooked, coiling, meandering, tortuous, sinuous, twisty, snaky serpentine woodland pathways
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serpentine[ˈsɜːp/ənˌtaɪn] n (liter) (sinuous) → sinuoso/a
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