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Meaning of SERPENT

Pronunciation:  'serpent

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous
  2. [n]  an obsolete bass cornet; resembles a snake
  3. [n]  a firework that moves in serpentine manner when ignited

SERPENT is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: ophidian, snake
 See Also: blind snake, colubrid, colubrid snake, constrictor, cornet, diapsid, diapsid reptile, elapid, elapid snake, firework, horn, Ophidia, pyrotechnics, sea snake, Serpentes, suborder Ophidia, suborder Serpentes, trumpet, viper, worm snake



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ser"pent\, n. [F., fr. L. serpens, -entis (sc. bestia),
    fr. serpens, p. pr. of serpere to creep; akin to Gr. ???,
    Skr. sarp, and perhaps to L. repere, E. reptile. Cf.
    1. (Zo["o]l.) Any reptile of the order Ophidia; a snake,
       especially a large snake. See Illust. under {Ophidia}.
    Note: The serpents are mostly long and slender, and move
          partly by bending the body into undulations or folds
          and pressing them against objects, and partly by using
          the free edges of their ventral scales to cling to
          rough surfaces. Many species glide swiftly over the
          ground, some burrow in the earth, others live in trees.
          A few are entirely aquatic, and swim rapidly. See
          {Ophidia}, and {Fang}.
    2. Fig.: A subtle, treacherous, malicious person.
    3. A species of firework having a serpentine motion as it
       passess through the air or along the ground.
    4. (Astron.) The constellation Serpens.
    5. (Mus.) A bass wind instrument, of a loud and coarse tone,
       formerly much used in military bands, and sometimes
       introduced into the orchestra; -- so called from its form.
    {Pharaoh's serpent} (Chem.), mercuric sulphocyanate, a
       combustible white substance which in burning gives off a
       poisonous vapor and leaves a peculiar brown voluminous
       residue which is expelled in a serpentine from. It is
       employed as a scientific toy.
    {Serpent cucumber} (Bot.), the long, slender, serpentine
       fruit of the cucurbitaceous plant {Trichosanthes
       colubrina}; also, the plant itself.
    {Serpent eage} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
       raptorial birds of the genera {Circa["e]tus} and
       {Spilornis}, which prey on serpents. They inhabit Africa,
       Southern Europe, and India. The European serpent eagle is
       {Circa["e]tus Gallicus}.
    {Serpent eater}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The secretary bird.
       (b) An Asiatic antelope; the markhoor.
    {Serpent fish} (Zo["o]l.), a fish ({Cepola rubescens}) with a
       long, thin, compressed body, and a band of red running
    {Serpent star} (Zo["o]l.), an ophiuran; a brittle star.
    {Serpent's tongue} (Paleon.), the fossil tooth of a shark; --
       so called from its resemblance to a tongue with its root.
    {Serpent withe} (Bot.), a West Indian climbing plant
       ({Aristolochia odoratissima}).
    {Tree serpent} (Zo["o]l.), any species of African serpents
       belonging to the family {Dendrophid[ae]}.
  2. \Ser"pent\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Serpented}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Serpenting}.]
    To wind like a serpent; to crook about; to meander. [R.]
    ``The serpenting of the Thames.'' --Evelyn.
  3. \Ser"pent\, v. t.
    To wind; to encircle. [R.] --Evelyn.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a serpent in your dream means high intellectual power, deception, and the balance of good and evil. Seeing a winged serpent in your dream indicates wisdom and that you've overcome negative ways.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Heb. nahash; Gr. ophis), frequently noticed in Scripture. More than forty species are found in Syria and Arabia. The poisonous character of the serpent is alluded to in Jacob's blessing on Dan (Gen. 49:17; see Prov. 30:18, 19; James 3:7; Jer. 8:17). (See ADDER.)

This word is used symbolically of a deadly, subtle, malicious enemy (Luke 10:19).

The serpent is first mentioned in connection with the history of the temptation and fall of our first parents (Gen. 3). It has been well remarked regarding this temptation: "A real serpent was the agent of the temptation, as is plain from what is said of the natural characteristic of the serpent in the first verse of the chapter (3:1), and from the curse pronounced upon the animal itself. But that Satan was the actual tempter, and that he used the serpent merely as his instrument, is evident (1) from the nature of the transaction; for although the serpent may be the most subtle of all the beasts of the field, yet he has not the high intellectual faculties which the tempter here displayed. (2.) In the New Testament it is both directly asserted and in various forms assumed that Satan seduced our first parents into sin (John 8:44; Rom. 16:20; 2 Cor. 11:3, 14; Rev. 12:9; 20:2)." Hodge's System. Theol., ii. 127.