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[of-ee-yoo-kuh s, oh-fee-] /ˌɒf iˈyu kəs, ˌoʊ fi-/
noun, genitive Ophiuchi
[of-ee-yoo-kahy, oh-fee-] /ˌɒf iˈyu kaɪ, ˌoʊ fi-/ (Show IPA).
the Serpent Bearer, a constellation on the celestial equator between Libra and Aquila. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We now pass northward to the region covered by map No. 14, including the remainder of Ophiuchus and Serpens.

    Pleasures of the telescope Garrett Serviss
  • And so they were utterly defeated at the Battle of Ophiuchus.

    A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone
  • As for the rest, it's indoors and away from the mental influence of the gurus, or off Ophiuchus entirely.

  • Its place was near the heel of the right foot of 'Ophiuchus huge.'

    Myths and Marvels of Astronomy Richard A. Proctor
  • But thus had the gurus spoken for four thousand years, on Earth and on Ophiuchus.

  • Ophiuchus is thus represented as holding the serpent with both hands.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
  • The children did, and placed pebbles for the head and shoulders of Ophiuchus.

    The Star People Gaylord Johnson
  • Ophiuchus has been held to represent the famous physician Æsculapius.

    Astronomy with an Opera-glass Garrett Putman Serviss
  • He wondered fleetingly why the Galactic League had sent him here to Ophiuchus.

  • Ophiuchus, according to one legend, was once a physician on earth, and was so successful as a healer that he could raise the dead.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for Ophiuchus


noun (Latin genitive) Ophiuchi (ɒˈfjuːkaɪ)
a large constellation lying on the celestial equator between Hercules and Scorpius and containing the dark nebula, Ophiuchus Nebula
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek Ophioukhos, from ophis snake + ekhein to hold
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Ophiuchus

constellation (representing Aesculapius), 1650s, from Latin, from Greek ophioukhos, literally "holding a serpent," from ophis "serpent" (see ophio-) + stem of ekhein "to hold, have, keep" (see scheme (n.)). 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
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