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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.
Origin
1820-1830
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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  • Sensory cues used by rattlesnakes in their recognition of ophidian enemies.
British Dictionary definitions for ophidian

ophidian

/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
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Ophidia name of suborder, from Greek ophidion, from ophis snake
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Word Origin and History for ophidian
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.

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ophidian in Science
ophidian
  (ō-fĭd'ē-ən)   
A member of the suborder Ophidia or Serpentes; a snake.
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