Ophidian



[oh-fid-ee-uh n] /oʊˈfɪd i ən/

adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the suborder Ophidia (Serpentes), comprising the snakes.
noun
2.
a snake.
/əʊˈfɪdɪən/
adjective
1.
snakelike
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Ophidia, a suborder of reptiles that comprises the snakes
noun
3.
any reptile of the suborder Ophidia; a snake
adj.

“pertaining to snakes,” 1883, from Greek ophidion, diminutive of ophis “serpent” (see ophio-). Hence, ophiolatry “serpent-worship” (1862), and the 2c. sect of the Ophitæ, who revered the serpent as the symbol of divine wisdom.
ophidian
(ō-fĭd’ē-ən)
A member of the suborder Ophidia or Serpentes; a snake.

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