Ophiuchus

Ophiuchus

[of-ee-yoo-kuhs, oh-fee-]
noun, genitive Ophiuchi [of-ee-yoo-kahy, oh-fee-] . Astronomy.
the Serpent Bearer, a constellation on the celestial equator between libra and Aquila.
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Ophiuchus (ɒˈfjuːkəs)
 
n , Latin genitive Ophiuchi
a large constellation lying on the celestial equator between Hercules and Scorpius and containing the dark nebula, Ophiuchus Nebula
 
[C17: via Latin from Greek Ophioukhos, from ophis snake + ekhein to hold]

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Ophiuchus
constellation (representing Aesculapius), 1658, from L., from Gk. ophioukhos, lit. "holding a serpent," from ophis "serpent" + stem of ekhein "to hold, have, keep." 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.
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