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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ophitic

adjective
  1. (of the texture of rocks such as dolerite) having small elongated unorientated feldspar crystals enclosed within pyroxene grains

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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