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Aug 10, 2022This week’s theme
Words coined after animals
This week’s words
M’zab Valley, Algeria
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
From Latin serpens, present participle of serpere (to creep). Earliest documented use: 1400.
“In addition to her famous serpentine coiffure, Medusa was said to have two kinds of blood coursing through her veins: on her left side, her blood was lethal; on her right side, it was life-giving.”
Jerome Groopman; Pumped; The New Yorker; Jan 14, 2019.
“For almost five hours you then fly over a dark green carpet festooned with serpentine rivers, some a muddy brown, others inky black.”
Murder in the Amazon; The Economist (London, UK); Jun 25, 2022.
“But while Mr Yeltsin may look like the innocent flower, his folksy -- even crude -- exterior conceals the serpentine heart of a cunning party functionary who rose to the top of the ruthless Soviet hierarchy.”
Chrystia Freeland; Crown Prince in Command; Financial Times (London, UK); Jun 22, 1996.
See more usage examples of serpentine in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
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