[ oh-fid-ee-uh n ]
/ oʊˈfɪd i ən /


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


a snake.

Nearby words

  1. opgefok,
  2. ophelia,
  3. opheltes,
  4. ophiasis,
  5. ophicleide,
  6. ophidiid,
  7. ophidiophobia,
  8. ophio-,
  9. ophiolatry,
  10. ophiolite

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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Word Origin and History for ophidian



"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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Science definitions for ophidian


[ ō-fĭdē-ən ]

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