from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A common name of fishes belonging to the family Ophiocephalidé, found in fresh waters of Asia and Africa.


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  • Notice how much the serpent heads now stand out from her goatskin cloak with serpent-head fringe.

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  • As a black shaft cut into the earth at Belesa's feet and quivered like a serpent-head, Conan caught up a longbow and leaped to the firing-ledge.

    The Conquering Sword of Conan

  • This enemy to the human race had begun early in June to raise its serpent-head on the shores of the Nile; parts of Asia, not usually subject to this evil, were infected.

    The Last Man

  • Occasionally a bronze chariot rumbled along the flags, and there was a brief glimpse of a tall, hawk-faced noble, with a silk cloak wrapped about him, and a gold band with a rearing serpent-head emblem confining his black mane; of the ebon, naked charioteer bracing his knotty legs against the straining of the fierce Stygian horses.

    The Bloody Crown of Conan

  • The buckle was strangely made, in the form of a golden serpent-head, flat, wedge-shaped and scaled with curious art.

    The Conan Chronicles

  • As he went up the mighty stair, he saw that every step was carven with the writhing coils of that abhorrent form of nightmare, Set the Old Serpent, eternal and malignant Demon of Darkness, in such a manner that with every stride he set his heel upon the blunt, questing serpent-head that lifted from the fluid, scaly neck.

    Conan Of The Isles

  • The seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent-head of evil, and shall rise triumphant to become the ennobled, recreated commonwealth.

    Debate on Woman Suffrage in the Senate of the United States, 2d Session, 49th Congress, December 8, 1886, and January 25, 1887

  • Next morning his mail brought several letters, urging him to set his foot ruthlessly on the serpent-head of hazing.


  • At the same moment a doubt shot up its serpent-head in his own bosom.

    The Reef

  • Did he not know, only too well, that Satan avails himself of every wile to insinuate his serpent-head into the soul, even when it is absorbed in self-examination?

    La faute de l'Abbe Mouret


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