[ oh-fid-ee-uh n ]
/ oʊˈfɪd i ən /


belonging or pertaining to the suborder Ophidia (Serpentes), comprising the snakes.


a snake.

Origin of ophidian

1820–30; < New Latin Ophidi(a) (plural) name of the suborder (< Greek ophídion (singular), equivalent to óph(is) serpent + -idion diminutive suffix) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for ophidian

/ (əʊˈfɪdɪən) /


of, relating to, or belonging to the Ophidia, a suborder of reptiles that comprises the snakes


any reptile of the suborder Ophidia; a snake

Word Origin for ophidian

C19: from New Latin Ophidia name of suborder, from Greek ophidion, from ophis snake
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Scientific definitions for ophidian

[ ō-fĭdē-ən ]

A member of the suborder Ophidia or Serpentes; a snake.
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