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Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from Old French serpentin, from Latin serpentīnus, from serpēns (serpent).

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serpentine (comparative more serpentine, superlative most serpentine)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of snakes.
  2. Of, or having attributes associated with, the serpent referred to in the book of Genesis in the Bible, such as craftiness or deceitfulness.
    The wily criminal was known for his serpentine behavior.
  3. Having the form or shape of a snake.
    Synonym: ophidian
    There are serpentine species of lizards which do not have legs.
  4. Curving in alternate directions; sinuous.
    Synonyms: sinuous, tortuous, winding
    The serpentine path through the mountains was narrow and dangerous.
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NounEdit

serpentine (plural serpentines)

  1. Any of several plants believed to cure snakebites.
  2. (historical) An early form of cannon, used in the 16th century.
  3. A kind of firework.
  4. A coiled distillation tube.
  5. (mathematics) Any of several related cubic curves; anguinea
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serpentine (third-person singular simple present serpentines, present participle serpentining, simple past and past participle serpentined)

  1. (archaic) To serpentize; to turn or bend; to meander.
    • Lord Lyttelton
      There were two little lakes, or rather large pools which stood in the bottom, whence issued a rivulet which serpentined in view for two or three miles, offering a pleasing relief to the eye.

Etymology 2Edit

 
Serpentine (mineral)

Borrowed from Old French serpentine, from resemblance to a serpent's skin.

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serpentine (countable and uncountable, plural serpentines)

  1. (mineralogy) Any of several green/brown minerals consisting of a magnesium and iron silicates that have similar layered crystal structure.
  2. (geology) An outcrop or region with soil and rock dominated by these minerals.
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FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

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serpentine

  1. feminine singular of serpentin

ItalianEdit

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serpentine

  1. feminine plural of serpentino

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serpentine f pl

  1. plural of serpentina

LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

serpentīne

  1. vocative masculine singular of serpentīnus