Definition of Serpentes in English:

Serpentes

proper noun

Zoology
  • another term for Ophidia
    • ‘Snakes (suborder Serpentes) are common nest predators and falcons (family Falconidae) and other birds of prey (order Falconiformes) feed on adults.’
    • ‘Snakes (suborder Serpentes) are common predators of eggs and nestlings.’
    • ‘Known predators of Old World sparrows include hawks (family Accipitridae), owls (family Strigidae), snakes (suborder Serpentes), house cats and raccoons.’
    • ‘Known predators include snakes (Serpentes), forest falcons (Micrastur, that catch hermits during lekking), and pygmy-owls (Glaucidium).’
    • ‘Within Serpentes, this condition is unique to Leptotyphlopidae.’

Origin

Latin, reptiles.

Pronunciation:

Serpentes

/sərˈpen(t)ēz/