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来自古法语 serpent,蛇，来自拉丁语 serpens,蛇，爬行生物，来自 serpere,爬行，来自 PIE*serp, 爬行，词源同 herpetology,herpes.
- serpent:  The serpent is etymologically a ‘crawling’ animal. The word comes via Old French serpent from Latin serpēns, a noun use of the present participle of serpere ‘crawl, creep’. This was a close relative of Greek hérpein ‘creep’, from which English gets herpes  (etymologically the ‘creeping’ disease) and herpetology ‘study of reptiles’ .
- serpent (n.)
- c. 1300, "limbless reptile," also the tempter in Gen. iii:1-5, from Old French serpent, sarpent "snake, serpent" (12c.), from Latin serpentem (nominative serpens) "snake; creeping thing," also the name of a constellation, from present participle of serpere "to creep," from PIE *serp- "to crawl, creep" (cognates: Sanskrit sarpati "creeps," sarpah "serpent;" Greek herpein "to creep," herpeton "serpent;" Albanian garper "serpent").
Used figuratively of things spiral or regularly sinuous, such as a type of musical instrument (1730). Serpent's tongue as figurative of venomous or stinging speech is from mistaken medieval notion that the serpent's tongue was its "sting." Serpent's tongue also was a name given to fossil shark's teeth (c. 1600).
- 1. He felt as if a serpent had spat venom into his eyes.
- 2. The serpent fascinated its prey.
- 3. There's a serpent beside him.
- 4. Don't believe him, he is a serpent.
- 别相信他, 他是个狡猾的家伙.
- 5. We have had a grand voyage and seen a sea - serpent.
- 我们的航行非常棒.我们看到了 海蛇.
来自英汉非文学 - 民俗
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