An obsolete wind instrument invented at the end of the 16 century; it is made of wood and resembles a serpent. The instrument has a conical bore and finger holes along its length; it produced a harsh, rough tone. In modern ensembles the serpent is generally replaced by the tuba.Serpent a large, ancient, s-shaped wind instrument, usually made of wood. It was replaced by the ophicleide in concert use<br><br>Side-hole lip-reed instrument