Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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SER'PENTINE, adjective [Latin serpentinus, from serpens.]

1. Resembling a serpent; usually, winding and turing one way and the other, like a moving serpent; anfractuous; as a serpentine road or course.

2. Spiral; twisted; as a serpentine worm of a still.

3. Like a serpent; having the color or properties of a serpent.

Serpentine tongue, in the manege. A horse is said to have a serpentine tongue, when he is constantly moving it, and sometimes passing it over the bit.

Serpentine verse, a verse which begins and ends with the same word.