• (RP) IPA: /ˈsɜːpənt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈsɝpənt/

serpent (plural serpents)

  1. A snake.
  2. (musical instruments) An obsolete wind instrument in the brass family, whose shape is suggestive of a snake (Wikipedia article).
  3. (figurative) A subtle, treacherous, malicious person.
  4. A kind of firework with a serpentine motion.
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serpent (serpents, present participle serpenting; past and past participle serpented)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To wind or meander
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To encircle.

Proper noun
  1. Serpens constellation

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