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 (ŏf′īt′, ō′fīt′)
Any of various mottled greenish rocks, such as serpentinite.

[Middle English ophites, from Latin ophītēs, from Greek ophītēs (lithos), serpentlike (stone), from ophis, serpent.]


(Geological Science) any of several greenish mottled rocks with ophitic texture, such as dolerite and diabase
[C17: from Latin ophītēs, from Greek, from ophis snake: because the mottled appearance resembles the markings of a snake]


(ˈɒf aɪt, ˈoʊ faɪt)

a diabase in which elongate crystals of plagioclase are embedded in pyroxene.
[1350–1400; Middle English ophites < Latin ophītēs serpentine stone < Greek ophitēs (líthos)]
o•phit•ic (ō fit′ik), adj.
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Of special importance is the Gospel of Thomas followed then by the Gospel of Judas, the Gospel of Mary, the Tripartite Tractate, Cerenthus and the Ophites, Theodotus, and the tradition of Simon of Cyrene.
intangible which has been from the beginning; to whose dominion even the modern Christians ascribe one-half of the worlds; which the ancient Ophites of the east reverenced in their statue devil;--did not fall down and worship it like them; but its idea
It should be noted, however, that a third-century Greek poet (pseudonym Orpheus) referred to ophites as a vocal stone in which 'dwells a soul, round, roughly black, hard; all over its circumference run sinews, similar to wrinkles.