ser·pen·tine /ˈsɝpənˌtin, ˌtaɪn/
1. Min. A mineral or rock consisting chiefly of the hydrous silicate of magnesia. It is usually of an obscure green color, often with a spotted or mottled appearance resembling a serpent's skin. Precious, or noble, serpentine is translucent and of a rich oil-green color.
Note: ☞ Serpentine has been largely produced by the alteration of other minerals, especially of chrysolite.
2. Ordnance A kind of ancient cannon.
Ser·pen·tine a. Resembling a serpent; having the shape or qualities of a serpent; subtle; winding or turning one way and the other, like a moving serpent; anfractuous; meandering; sinuous; zigzag; as, serpentine braid.
Like his, and color serpentine. --Milton.
Ser·pen·tine, v. i. To serpentize. [R.]
adj : resembling a serpent in form; "a serpentine wall"; "snaky
ridges in the sand" [syn: snaky, snakelike]