from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A constellation in the equatorial region of the northern sky, made up of two parts, Serpens Cauda, the "tail,” and Serpens Caput, the "head,” both near Hercules and Ophiuchus.
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- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Pseudomonadaceae — a type of bacteria.
- proper n. A large summer constellation of the northern sky said to resemble a snake. It is the only constellation consisting of two parts (Serpens Caput and Serpens Cauda) separated by the constellation Ophiuchus, representing the snake handler Asclepius.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A constellation represented as a serpent held by Serpentarius.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ancient northern constellation intimately connected with, but not treated as a part of, Ophiuchus (which see).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a constellation in the equatorial region of the northern hemisphere near Ophiuchus and Corona Borealis
Latin Serpēns, from serpēns, serpent; see serpent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin serpēns ("a snake"). (Wiktionary)