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adjective Ser"pen*tine
Resembling a serpent; having the shape or qualities of a serpent; subtle; winding or turning one way and the other, like a moving serpent; anfractuous; meandering; sinuous; zigzag; as, serpentine braid.

Etymology: L. serpentinus: cf. F. serpentin

noun Ser"pen*tine
  1. [Min] A mineral or rock consisting chiefly of the hydrous silicate of magnesia. It is usually of an obscure green color, often with a spotted or mottled appearance resembling a serpent's skin. Precious, or noble serpentine is translucent and of a rich oil-green color.
  2. [Ordnance] A kind of ancient cannon.

Note: ☞ Serpentine has been largely produced by the alteration of other minerals, especially of chrysolite.

Etymology: Cf. (for sense 1) F. serpentine, (for sense 2serpentin

verb Ser"pen*tine
To serpentize.
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  1. Resembling a serpent in form ("a serpentine wall")

Borrowing from Old French serpentin, from Latin serpentīnus, from serpēns (“serpent”).

  1. Any of several plants believed to cure snakebites.
  2. An early form of cannon.
  3. A coiled distillation tube.
  4. (mathematics) Any of several related cubic curves; anguinea
Serpentine (mineral)
  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.

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

  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.

    serpentine was also found in the following language(s): French, Italian, and Latin

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    Past life for Serpentine born Jan 27, 1988

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Tibet approximately on 1800. Your profession was seaman, dealer, businessman, and broker.

    Psychologically, you had a Bohemian personality - mysterious, highly gifted, capable of understanding ancient books. Magical abilities, could be a servant of dark forces. The timid, lonely and self-confident people are everywhere, and your problem - to overcome these tendencies in yourself and then to help other people.

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    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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