angue (plural angues)

  1. snake; serpent




Borrowed from Latin anguem, form of anguis, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éngʷʰis (snake).


  • IPA(key): /ˈan.ɡwe/, [ˈäŋɡwe̞]
  • Rhymes: -anɡwe
  • Hyphenation: àn‧gue


angue m or f (plural angui)

  1. (literary) serpent, snake
    Synonyms: colubro (literary), serpe, serpente
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno [The Divine Comedy: Hell] (paperback), 12th edition, Le Monnier, published 1994, Canto VII, lines 82-84, page 111:
      per ch'una gente impera e l'altra langue, ¶ seguendo lo giudicio di costei, ¶ che è occulto come in erba l'angue.
      Therefore one people triumphs, and another ¶ Languishes, in pursuance of her judgment, ¶ Which hidden is, as in the grass a serpent.
    • 1573, Torquato Tasso, Aminta[1], Aldo Manuzio, published 1583, Act 2, scene 1, page 45:
      Celan le ſelue, angui, leoni, & orſi ¶ Dentro il lor uerde, e tu dentro al bel petto ¶ Naſcondi odio, diſdegno, et impietate, ¶ Fere peggior, ch’angui, leoni, & orſi:
      The woods conceal serpents, lions and bears in their green, and you conceal hatred, contempt and mercilessness, beasts worse than serpents, lions and bears
    • 1892, Gabriele D'Annunzio, “La passeggiata [The Walk]”, in Poema paradisiaco[2], collected in D'Annunzio: versi d'amore e di gloria, volume 2, Milan, published 2004, Hortus conclusus, lines 61–64:
      [] grandi medusèi capelli ¶ bruni come le brune foglie morte ¶ ma vivi e fien come l’angui attorte ¶ de la Górgone []
      large Medusa hair, brown like the brown dead leaves, but alive, and will be alike to the twisted serpents of the Gorgon
  2. (zoology) Any member of the Anguis taxonomic genus, particularly the slowworm (Anguis fragilis).

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  • angue in – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana



angue m

  1. ablative singular of anguis