serpentine

Part of speech: adjective

Pertaining to or like a serpent; zigzag.

Part of speech: noun

A variously colored marble like rock.

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Usage examples "serpentine":

  1. The limestone is changed into granular marble, with a band of serpentine at the junction. - "The Student's Elements of Geology", Sir Charles Lyell.
  2. His mother told him that the country in Cornwall was infinitely more beautiful than Kensington Gardens, and that compared with the sea the Serpentine was nothing at all. - "The Altar Steps", Compton MacKenzie.
  3. The lava continued rising till it overflowed a large portion of the hitherto black surface, in some places appearing like a vast sheet of liquid fire, in others running along in serpentine courses. - "The Three Commanders", W.H.G. Kingston.