Serpent (symbolism)
Serpent in Latin
Latin is an Italic language originally spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome. It, along with most European languages, is a descendant of the ancient Proto-Indo-European language. Although it is considered a dead language, a number of scholars and members of the Christian clergy speak it fluently, and...

 means: Rory Collins(from serpens, serpentis "something that creeps, snake") :&, in turn, from the Biblical Hebrew word of: "saraf" (שרף) with root letters of: (ש.ר.פ-s.r.f./s.r.p) which refers to something burning-as, the pain of poisonous snake's bite was likened to internal burning.

This word is commonly used in a specifically mythic
The term mythology can refer either to the study of myths, or to a body or collection of myths. As examples, comparative mythology is the study of connections between myths from different cultures, whereas Greek mythology is the body of myths from ancient Greece...

 or religious
Religion is a collection of cultural systems, belief systems, and worldviews that establishes symbols that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values. Many religions have narratives, symbols, traditions and sacred histories that are intended to give meaning to life or to...

 context, signifying a snake
Snakes are elongate, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears. Like all squamates, snakes are ectothermic, amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales...

 that is to be regarded not as a mundane natural phenomenon nor as an object of scientific zoology
Zoology |zoölogy]]), is the branch of biology that relates to the animal kingdom, including the structure, embryology, evolution, classification, habits, and distribution of all animals, both living and extinct...

, but as the bearer of some potent symbolic value.