serpent: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sûr'punt), [key]
— n.
  1. a snake.
  2. a wily, treacherous, or malicious person.
  3. the Devil; Satan. Gen. 3:1–5.
  4. a firework that burns with serpentine motion or flame.
  5. an obsolete wooden wind instrument with a serpentine shape and a deep, coarse tone. Cf.
  6. (cap.)the constellation Serpens.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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