1914, "excessive fear of snakes or reptiles," from ophidio- apparently extracted from Modern Latin ophidia, a word coined arbitrarily (to provide an -ia form to serve as an order name in taxonomy) from Greek ophis "serpent" (see ophio-) + -phobia.

Nearby words

  1. opheltes,
  2. ophiasis,
  3. ophicleide,
  4. ophidian,
  5. ophidiid,
  6. ophio-,
  7. ophiolatry,
  8. ophiolite,
  9. ophiolite suite,
  10. ophiological

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