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Definition a snake

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  • There was a picture of a serpent eating its tail.
serpent = snake
  • What does the serpent represent in the Garden of Eden?
  • serpent = snake
  • A huge banner showing the Slytherin serpent covered the wall behind the High Table.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • serpent = snake
  • Voldemort swept from the room without a backward glance, and the great serpent floated after him
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • serpent = snake
  • And soon after that, I turn into the likeness of a great serpent, hungry, fierce, and deadly.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • serpent = snake
  • ...because being able to talk to snakes was what Salazar Slytherin was famous for. That's why the symbol of Slytherin House is a serpent.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • serpent = snake
  • ...the whole ship was under an arch of serpent.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • serpent = snake
  • All the serpents bite;
    Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV)  --  The Great Hymn to the Aten
  • serpents = snakes
  • It's quite right what it says in the poetry-book about sharper than a serpent it is to have a toothless child — but it means ungrateful when it says toothless.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • serpent = snake
  • Serpent, I say again!
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • serpent = snake
  • But the only thing about him that could be fixed upon as remarkable was his staff, which bore the likeness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • serpent = snake
  • In an instant, the green hangings became scarlet and the silver became gold; the huge Slytherin serpent vanished and a towering Gryffindor lion took its place.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • serpent = snake
  • The wildly streaming locks represent the long-untended hair of the Indian yogi, now flying in the dance of life; for the presence known in the joys and sorrows of life, and that found through withdrawn meditation, are but two aspects of the same, universal, non-dual, Being-Consciousness-Bliss. Siva's bracelets, arm bands, ankle rings, and brahminical thread, are living serpents.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • serpents = snakes
  • He told them many things that they had not known before — as, for instance, that the things that hook carriages together are called couplings, and that the pipes like great serpents that hang over the couplings are meant to stop the train with.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • Conviction to the serpent none belongs.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • serpent = snake
  • Then they will become the new serpent.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • I thought that when I saw him and spoke to him I would be wise as serpents, harmless as doves.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • God commanded Moses to set up the Brazen Serpent; hee did not make it to himselfe; it was not therefore against the Commandement.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Now please ask your serpent to back away, lest he crinkle the pages.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • It was a great sea serpent of a line and it would be an ordeal to saw through, even with the sharpest of knives.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn

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