ophidian

[oh-fid-ee-uhn]
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the suborder Ophidia (Serpentes), comprising the snakes.
noun
2.
a snake.

Origin:
1820–30; < Neo-Latin Ophidi(a) (plural) name of the suborder (< Greek ophídion (singular), equivalent to óph(is) serpent + -idion diminutive suffix) + -an

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ophidian (əʊˈfɪdɪən)
 
adj
1.  snakelike
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the Ophidia, a suborder of reptiles that comprises the snakes
 
n
3.  any reptile of the suborder Ophidia; a snake
 
[C19: from New Latin Ophidia name of suborder, from Greek ophidion, from ophis snake]

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ophidian
"pertaining to snakes," 1883, from Gk. ophidion, dim. of ophis "serpent," of unknown origin. Hence, ophiolatry "serpent-worship" (1862), and the 2c. sect of the Ophitæ, who revered the serpent as the symbol of divine wisdom. Also ophiomancy (1683), the ancient art of divination by the movements
of snakes.
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ophidian   (ō-fĭd'ē-ən)  Pronunciation Key 
A member of the suborder Ophidia or Serpentes; a snake.
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Sensory cues used by rattlesnakes in their recognition of ophidian enemies.
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