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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Definitions for ophidian

  1. a snake.
  2. belonging or pertaining to the suborder Ophidia (Serpentes), comprising the snakes.

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Citations for ophidian
The head of the ophidian raised from the shoulder of the statue and disappeared, to glide out from beneath the arm in a swift undulation, its jaws open, its tongue vibrating. J. Allan Dunn, "The Treasure of Atlantis, All Around, December 1916
Squaring her shoulders, she stepped over one ophidian, then actually set her foot in the coil of another's tail before stepping across its body as well. Richard Baker, Final Gate, 2006
Origin of ophidian
Ophidian is a derivative of Greek óphis “snake, serpent,” and despite appearances, óphis comes from the same Proto-Indo-European source (angwhi- or ogwhi- “snake, eel” as Latin anguis, Lithuanian angìs, Russian , and Polish wąż, all meaning “snake”). Ophidian entered English in the 19th century.