{{11}}serpentine (adj.) "twisting, winding," 1610s; see SERPENT (Cf. serpent) + -INE (Cf. -ine) (1). An earlier adjective meaning "having the evil qualities of a serpent" is recorded from late 14c. The winding lake of that name in Hyde Park, London, was constructed in 1730.
{{12}}serpentine (n.) c.1400, "plant reputed to contain antivenom," from O.Fr. serpentin (fem. serpentine), from L.L. serpentius "of a serpent," from L. serpentem (nom. serpens) "snake" (see SERPENT (Cf. serpent)). As the name of a greenish igneous rock consisting mainly of hydrous magnesium silicate, attested from early 15c.

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  • serpentine — [ sɛrpɑ̃tin ] n. f. • XIIIe; de serpentin ♦ Minér. Roche métamorphique (silicates de magnésium) dont la masse vert sombre est traversée de petits filons fibreux. serpentine estragon [ ɛstragɔ̃ ] n. m. • 1601; estargon 1564; altér. de targon… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • serpentine — 1. (sèr pan ti n ) s. f. Figure de manége : les cavaliers marchant de file décrivent une ligne sinueuse analogue à la sinusoïde. serpentine 2. (sèr pan ti n ) s. f. Ancienne bouche à feu dont la volée était vissée sur la culasse.    Demi… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Serpentine — Ser pen*tine, n. [Cf. (for sense 1) F. serpentine, (for sense 2) serpentin.] 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Serpentine — Ser pen*tine, a. [L. serpentinus: cf. F. serpentin.] 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Serpentine — Sf schlangenförmiger Weg an Bergen erw. fach. (19. Jh.) Neoklassische Bildung. Neubildung zu l. serpentīnus Schlangen betreffend, wie Schlangen , zu l. serpēns ( entis) Schlange , dem substantivierten PPräs. von l. serpere kriechen, schleichen .… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Serpentine — the Serpentine a lake in ↑Hyde Park in London …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • serpentine — Serpentine, Piece d artillerie. Serpentine à distiller l eau de vie …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Serpentine — Ser pen*tine, v. i. To serpentize. [R.] Lyttleton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Serpentine — Serpentine, die schlangenförmige Krümmung eines Flusses od. Kanals; daher: Serpentiren, in dieser Richtung laufen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Serpentine — (franz.), »Schlangenlinie«, Weg in Schlangenlinie an Berghängen; im 16. u. 17. Jahrh. Name einer Art bis 40 Kaliber langer leichter Geschütze (Schlangen), auch des Hahnes mit Schlangenkopf an Handfeuerwaffen …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Serpentine — (Schlangenwindung), eine scharfe, mehr oder weniger eine halbe Umdrehung ausmachende Krümmung eines Wasserlaufes …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

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