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Definition of serpent:

  1. A bass wind instrument, of a loud and coarse tone, formerly much used in military bands, and sometimes introduced into the orchestra; - so called from its form.
  2. A species of firework having a serpentine motion as it passess through the air or along the ground.
  3. Any reptile of the order Ophidia; a snake, especially a large snake. See Illust. under Ophidia.
  4. Fig.: A subtle, treacherous, malicious person.
  5. The constellation Serpens.
  6. To wind like a serpent; to crook about; to meander.
  7. To wind; to encircle.

Synonyms:

ophidian, snake in the grass, snake.

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