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ophidian

[ oh-fid-ee-uhn ]
/ oʊˈfɪd i ən /
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adjective
belonging or pertaining to the suborder Ophidia (Serpentes), comprising the snakes.
noun
a snake.
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Origin of ophidian

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

ophidian
/ (əʊˈfɪdɪən) /

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

ophidian
[ ō-fĭdē-ən ]

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