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Etymology of serpent

Posted by Johannes on 2 June 2012

The word serpent (reptile, snake) comes from the Old French  sarpent, from the Latin serpentem [nom. serpens; snake], which derives from the Greek verb herpo / erpo (to creep; Gr: έρπω].

From the same root: serpentine
In modern Greek (Romeika, Rumca):
a) erpeto: serpent [Gr: ερπετό]
b) serpantina: serpentine [Gr: σερπαντίνα; loanword]
c) erpo: v. to creep [Gr: έρπω].

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