serpent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin Latin serpens (snake), from the verb serpo (to creep), from Proto-Indo-European *serp-.

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Noun[edit]

serpent (plural serpents)

  1. A snake.
  2. (music) An obsolete wind instrument in the brass family, whose shape is suggestive of a snake (Wikipedia article).
  3. (figuratively) A subtle, treacherous, malicious person.
  4. A kind of firework with a serpentine motion.

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Translations[edit]

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Verb[edit]

serpent (third-person singular simple present serpents, present participle serpenting, simple past and past participle serpented)

  1. (obsolete) To wind; to encircle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Evelyn to this entry?)

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin serpēns, serpentem.

Noun[edit]

serpent m, f (plural serpents)

  1. snake

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Hyphenation: ser‧pent

Noun[edit]

serpent n (plural serpenten, diminutive serpentje n)

  1. snake
  2. an unpleasant, spiteful person

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French serpent, from Latin serpentem, accusative form of serpēns.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

serpent m (plural serpents)

  1. snake

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

serpent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of serpō

Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French serpent, from Latin serpent-, stem of serpēns.

Noun[edit]

serpent m (plural serpenz)

  1. snake

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin serpēns, serpentem.

Noun[edit]

serpent m (oblique plural serpenz, nominative singular serpenz, nominative plural serpent)

  1. snake

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Romansch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin serpēns, serpentem.

Noun[edit]

serpent m (plural serpents)

  1. (Surmiran) snake

Synonyms[edit]

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Puter, Vallader) serp
  • (Sursilvan) siarp
  • (Sutsilvan) zearp
  • (Surmiran) zerp