serpens

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Latin[edit]

serpēns (serpent)

Etymology[edit]

Present active participle of serpō (crawl, creep), from Proto-Indo-European *serp-. Cognate with Sanskrit सर्प (sarpa, snake, serpent), Ancient Greek ἑρπετόν (herpetón, serpent, creeping animal).

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Noun[edit]

serpēns f (genitive serpentis); third declension

  1. A serpent, snake
  2. (astronomy) either Draco or Serpens
  3. A louse
  4. Any creeping animal

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative serpēns serpentēs
genitive serpentis serpentum
dative serpentī serpentibus
accusative serpentem serpentēs
ablative serpente serpentibus
vocative serpēns serpentēs

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Participle[edit]

serpēns m, f, n (genitive serpentis); third declension

  1. creeping, crawling

Inflection[edit]

Third declension, neuter nominative singular like masculine/feminine.

Number Singular Plural
Case \ Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative serpēns serpēns serpentēs serpentia
genitive serpentis serpentis serpentium serpentium
dative serpentī serpentī serpentibus serpentibus
accusative serpentem serpēns serpentēs serpentia
ablative serpente
serpentī 1
serpente
serpentī 1
serpentibus serpentibus
vocative serpēns serpēns serpentēs serpentia

1 When used purely as an adjective.