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[of-ee-yoo-kuh s, oh-fee-] /ˌɒf iˈyu kəs, ˌoʊ fi-/
noun, genitive Ophiuchi
[of-ee-yoo-kahy, oh-fee-] /ˌɒf iˈyu kaɪ, ˌoʊ fi-/ (Show IPA).
the Serpent Bearer, a constellation on the celestial equator between Libra and Aquila. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And so they were utterly defeated at the Battle of Ophiuchus.

    A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone
  • Its place was near the heel of the right foot of 'Ophiuchus huge.'

    Myths and Marvels of Astronomy Richard A. Proctor
  • Ophiuchus is thus represented as holding the serpent with both hands.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
  • It is writhing in the hands of Ophiuchus, the old man who is called ‘The Serpent-bearer.’

    The Star People Gaylord Johnson
  • The children did, and placed pebbles for the head and shoulders of Ophiuchus.

    The Star People Gaylord Johnson
  • Ophiuchus has been held to represent the famous physician Æsculapius.

    Astronomy with an Opera-glass Garrett Putman Serviss
  • He wondered fleetingly why the Galactic League had sent him here to Ophiuchus.

  • But thus had the gurus spoken for four thousand years, on Earth and on Ophiuchus.

  • Ophiuchus, according to one legend, was once a physician on earth, and was so successful as a healer that he could raise the dead.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
  • From here a line of fairly bright stars marks the course of Serpens southward to the hand of Ophiuchus.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for Ophiuchus


noun (Latin genitive) Ophiuchi (ɒˈfjuːkaɪ)
a large constellation lying on the celestial equator between Hercules and Scorpius and containing the dark nebula, Ophiuchus Nebula
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek Ophioukhos, from ophis snake + ekhein to hold
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Ophiuchus

constellation (representing Aesculapius), 1650s, from Latin, from Greek ophioukhos, literally "holding a serpent," from ophis "serpent" (see ophio-) + stem of ekhein "to hold, have, keep" (see scheme (n.)). The constellation is equatorial, and Milton's "Ophiuchus huge in th' Arctick Sky" ("Paradise Lost") is a rare lapse for a poet who generally knew his astronomy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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