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Meaning of SERPENTINE

Pronunciation:  'surpun`teen

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  resembling a serpent in form; "a serpentine wall"; "snaky ridges in the sand"
 

SERPENTINE is a 10 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: curved, curving, snakelike, snaky
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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, serpentine braid.
    
          Thy shape Like his, and color serpentine. --Milton.
    
    
  2. \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
       resembling a serpent's skin. Precious, or noble,
       serpentine is translucent and of a rich oil-green color.
    
    Note: Serpentine has been largely produced by the alteration
          of other minerals, especially of chrysolite.
    
    2. (Ordnance) A kind of ancient cannon.
    
    
  3. \Ser"pen*tine\, v. i.
    To serpentize. [R.] --Lyttleton.
    
    
 

 

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