divination using snakes
Greek ophidion ‘small snake’
noun a passion for snakes, reptiles Word Origin Greek ophidion ‘small snake’
noun a fear of snakes; also called ophiophobia See ophiophobia Word Origin Greek ophidion ‘small snake’ n. 1914, “excessive fear of snakes or reptiles,” from ophidio- apparently extracted from Modern Latin ophidia, a word coined arbitrarily (to provide an -ia form to serve as an order name in taxonomy) from Greek ophis “serpent” (see ophio-) […]
[of-ee-ol-uh-tree, oh-fee-] /ˌɒf iˈɒl ə tri, ˌoʊ fi-/ noun 1. the worship of snakes.
[of-ee-uh-lahyt, oh-fee-] /ˈɒf i əˌlaɪt, ˈoʊ fi-/ noun, Geology. 1. an assemblage of mafic igneous rocks representing remnants of former oceanic crust.