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Of, relating to, or resembling a snake or the snakes.
A snake.

[From New Latin Ophidia, suborder name, from Greek ophis, snake.]
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1. snakelike
2. (Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Ophidia, a suborder of reptiles that comprises the snakes
(Animals) 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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(oʊˈfɪd i ən)

1. belonging or pertaining to the suborder Serpentes (formerly Ophidia), comprising the snakes.
2. a snake.
[1820–30; < New Latin Ophidi(a) (pl.) (< Greek ophídion <óph(is) serpent]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ophidian - limbless scaly elongate reptileophidian - limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous
diapsid, diapsid reptile - reptile having a pair of openings in the skull behind each eye
colubrid, colubrid snake - mostly harmless temperate-to-tropical terrestrial or arboreal or aquatic snakes
blind snake, worm snake - wormlike burrowing snake of warm regions having vestigial eyes
constrictor - any of various large nonvenomous snakes that kill their prey by crushing it in its coils
elapid, elapid snake - any of numerous venomous fanged snakes of warmer parts of both hemispheres
sea snake - any of numerous venomous aquatic viviparous snakes having a fin-like tail; of warm littoral seas; feed on fish which they immobilize with quick-acting venom
viper - venomous Old World snakes characterized by hollow venom-conducting fangs in the upper jaw
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Despite the fact that the previous works present a good survey of the development of the Ophidian sound transmitting apparatus, it cannot be assumed that no further beneficial work remains to be done on this topic.
As if his human disguise were torn in places, revealing an ophidian nature.
Aird, "Ophidian envenomation strategies and the role of purines," Toxicon, vol.
Snakes from the genus Bothrops are responsible for the majority of venomous ophidian accidents in South and Central America [1].
"A man taking a drink at a bar under an umbrella is certainly not an example of conviviality," wrote a New York Times reporter in 1892, "and a row of men at bars retiring with their respective drinks under their several umbrellas, like so many inedible fungi of enormous size, present, one would suppose, a picture of the horrors of intemperance more dismal than was ever drawn by the late and ophidian [temperance crusader] John B.
As most ophidian incidents occur in rural areas of developing countries, accurate statistical data concerning the number of victims is difficult to obtain [1].
Returning to Aizen, Faure then discusses ophidian forms of this deity, whom are associated with the snake deity Ugajin and certain forms of Benzaiten, both of whom are discussed in the second volume.
His penalty is congruent to that of the Scriptures and of the original ophidian: to slither along the ground.
Many plant families have been used in traditional medicine as anti ophidian by treating damage caused by the snake venom (Andreimar et al., 2005).
With names such as Ophidian, Vespasian and Pequod, they set the stage for understanding a certain type of striving.