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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ser"pent
  1. [Zoöl] Any reptile of the order Ophidia; a snake, especially a large snake. See Illust. under Ophidia.
  2. Fig.: A subtle, treacherous, malicious person.
  3. A species of firework having a serpentine motion as it passess through the air or along the ground.
  4. [Astron] The constellation Serpens.
  5. [Mus] 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.

Note: ☞ The serpents are mostly long and slender, and move partly by bending the body into undulations or folds and pressing them against objects, and partly by using the free edges of their ventral scales to cling to rough surfaces. Many species glide swiftly over the ground, some burrow in the earth, others live in trees. A few are entirely aquatic, and swim rapidly. See Ophidia, and Fang.

Etymology: F., fr. L. serpens -entissc. bestia), fr. serpens, p. pr. of serpere to creep; akin to Gr. ���, Skr. sarp, and perhaps to L. repere, E. reptile. Cf. Herpes

verb Ser"pent
To wind like a serpent; to crook about; to meander.
verb Ser"pent
To wind; to encircle.
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  1. Limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous
  2. An obsolete bass cornet; resembles a snake
  3. A firework that moves in serpentine manner when ignited

Borrowing from Old French serpent (“snake, serpent”), from Latin serpēns (“snake”), from the verb serpō (“I creep, crawl”), from Proto-Indo-European *serp-.

  1. A snake.
  2. (music) An obsolete wind instrument in the brass family, whose shape is suggestive of a snake (Wikipedia article).
  3. (figuratively) A subtle, treacherous, malicious person.
  4. A kind of firework with a serpentine motion.

serpent was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Dutch, French, Latin, Middle French, Old French, and Romansch

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Past life for Serpent born Dec 9, 1978

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern New Zealand approximately on 1200. Your profession was seaman, cook, and carpenter.

Your psychological profile shows you had a natural talent of psychologist and knew how to use the opportunities. Cold-blooded and calm in any situation. Your problem - to learn to love and to trust the Universe. You are bound to think, study, reflect and develop inner wisdom.

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