ophite

[of-ahyt, oh-fahyt]

Origin of ophite

1350–1400; Middle English ophites < Latin ophītēs serpentine stone < Greek ophī́tēs (líthos) serpentine (stone), equivalent to óph(is) serpent + -ī́tēs -ite1
Related formso·phit·ic [oh-fit-ik] /oʊˈfɪt ɪk/, adjective
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ophite

noun
  1. any of several greenish mottled rocks with ophitic texture, such as dolerite and diabase

Word Origin for ophite

C17: from Latin ophītēs, from Greek, from ophis snake: because the mottled appearance resembles the markings of a snake
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