[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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To ophiuchi
World English Dictionary
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature