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Coined as Parseltongue by J. K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998). From parsel + tongue.

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  1. A fictional language of snakes in the Harry Potter universe.
    • 2005 December 1, Grey, Aisling Willow, “Re: AMC -- Kendall (and Ryan too)”, in, Usenet[1], message-ID <>:
      Now I can't get this out of my head - them hissing and whispering at one another like they're speaking in parseltongue.
    • 2007 April 3, Let's Go Inc., Let's Go Roadtripping USA: The Complete Coast-to-Coast Guide to America, 2nd edition, Macmillan, page 496:
      Slither around Santa Fe's Rattlesnake Museum while practicing your parseltongue.
    • 2009 September 22, Paretsky, Sara, Hardball: A V.I. Warshawski Novel[2], New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, →ISBN, OL 24271651M:
      Parseltongue, that's what I need,” I murmured out loud as I brushed my teeth. A language for communicating with snakes.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:parseltongue.


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