- the Serpent Bearer, a constellation on the celestial equator between Libra and Aquila.
Examples from the Web for ophiuchus
And so they were utterly defeated at the Battle of Ophiuchus.A Question of Courage
Jesse Franklin Bone
Its place was near the heel of the right foot of 'Ophiuchus huge.'Myths and Marvels of Astronomy
Richard A. Proctor
Ophiuchus is thus represented as holding the serpent with both hands.Astronomy for Young Folks
Isabel Martin Lewis
The children did, and placed pebbles for the head and shoulders of Ophiuchus.
It is writhing in the hands of Ophiuchus, the old man who is called ‘The Serpent-bearer.’
- a large constellation lying on the celestial equator between Hercules and Scorpius and containing the dark nebula, Ophiuchus Nebula
Word Origin and History for ophiuchus
constellation (representing Aesculapius), 1650s, from Latin, from Greek ophioukhos, literally "holding a serpent," from ophis "serpent" (see ophio-) + stem of ekhein "to hold, have, keep" (see scheme (n.)). The constellation is equatorial, and Milton's "Ophiuchus huge in th' Arctick Sky" ("Paradise Lost") is a rare lapse for a poet who generally knew his astronomy.