belonging or pertaining to the suborder Ophidia (Serpentes), comprising the snakes.
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How to use ophidian in a sentence
The pig treats the snake with disrespect, not to say insolence; nothing, ophidian or otherwise, can fascinate a pig.
ophidian, o-fid′i-an, n. one of the true serpents, in which the ribs are the only organs of locomotion.
I have been struck, like many others, with the ophidian head and eye of the famous Rachel.Elsie Venner | Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The skink of course lacks the ophidian capacity to ingest relatively enormous objects.Life History and Ecology of the Five-lined Skink, Eumeces fasciatus | Henry S. Fitch
The ophidian skull is also noticeable for the absence of the jugals and quadratojugals.The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for ophidian
of, relating to, or belonging to the Ophidia, a suborder of reptiles that comprises the snakes
any reptile of the suborder Ophidia; a snake
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Scientific definitions for ophidian
A member of the suborder Ophidia or Serpentes; a snake.
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