ophidian

[oh-fid-ee-uh n]
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noun
  1. 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

ophidian

adjective
  1. snakelike
  2. of, relating to, or belonging to the Ophidia, a suborder of reptiles that comprises the snakes
noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for ophidian
adj.

"pertaining to snakes," 1883, from Greek ophidion, diminutive of ophis "serpent" (see ophio-). Hence, ophiolatry "serpent-worship" (1862), and the 2c. sect of the Ophitæ, who revered the serpent as the symbol of divine wisdom.

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ophidian in Science

ophidian

[ō-fĭdē-ən]
  1. A member of the suborder Ophidia or Serpentes; a snake.
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