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[of-ahyt, oh-fahyt]
noun Petrology.
  1. a diabase in which elongate crystals of plagioclase are embedded in pyroxene.
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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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Examples from the Web for ophite

Historical Examples

  • By this is meant the Ophite race, who came from Egypt, and from Syria, and got footing in this island.



  • As a consecrating symbol, the ophite hierogram was inscribed upon the massive portals of the Egyptian temples.

    Curiosities of Superstition

    W. H. Davenport Adams

  • The former represents the ophite hierogram with one serpent, the latter is double; in both cases the circle has no wings.

    Curiosities of Superstition

    W. H. Davenport Adams

  • As these were Ophite temples, a story has been added about this person having been stung by a serpent.

  • Many temples were erected to the Ophite God: and many cities were denominated from him.

British Dictionary definitions for ophite


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

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