Pronunciation: (sûr'punz, -penz), [key]
—gen. Ser•pen•tisPronunciation: (sur-pen'tis). [key] Astron.
the Serpent, a constellation consisting of two separate parts, the head (Ser'pens Ca'put) and the tail (Ser'pens Cau'da), with Ophiuchus in between.
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