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Definition of Serpent


  1. Any reptile of the order Ophidia; a snake, especially a large snake. See Illust. under Ophidia.
  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. The constellation Serpens.
  5. 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.
  6. To wind like a serpent; to crook about; to meander.
  7. To wind; to encircle.

Serpent Quotations

The serpent, the king, the tiger, the stinging wasp, the small child, the dog owned by other people, and the fool: these seven ought not to be awakened from sleep.

At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.
Baltasar Gracian

The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man.
Franz Kafka

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!
William Shakespeare

Horror is like a serpent; always shedding its skin, always changing. And it will always come back. It can't be hidden away like the guilty secrets we try to keep in our subconscious.
Dario Argento
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Serpent Translations

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