/ sɝːpənt /
Prevedi serpent na: francuski · nemački
ETYM French, from Latin serpens, -entis (sc. bestia), from serpens, p. pr. of serpere to creep; akin to Greek herpein to creep, Skr. sarp, and perhaps to Latin repere, Eng. reptile. Related to Herpes.
1. A firework that moves in serpentine manner when ignited.
2. An obsolete bass cornet; resembles a snake.
In music, a keyed brass instrument of the cornett family originating in the 16th century. It has a distinctive S-shape (resembling a serpent, hence its name) and became popular as a church and military band instrument. It was superseded in the 19th century by the ophicleide and tuba, but has seen a revival in the 20th century as a result of the authenticity movement.