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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.]


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]


(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]
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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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.
Many plant families have been used in traditional medicine as anti ophidian by treating damage caused by the snake venom (Andreimar et al.
With names such as Ophidian, Vespasian and Pequod, they set the stage for understanding a certain type of striving.
46) Metamorphosis from human to ophidian shape is a fairly common motif in folklore and myth, but hardly ever is the process of change described in so much detail as Lewis offers (164-65).
Ophidian incidents are an old and frequent problem, particularly in tropical countries, and snakes in the Bothrops genus are the culprit in most of these events.
Bain de Boue, Pourquoi, warum, Herr Verwirrung, Do you trick trek so far for Ophir Or Opar or any such other Ophidian Orcades, take a gander At panning for this slipsloshed Solvency, land of bilk and funny Money, dangle jingle jangle In the old pants pocket, when you Already have all the doodah, Dits, dots and crosses, ducks And does, sufficient thereto Unto all the livelong day.
Additionally, a better understanding of ophidian problems in the northeastern Brazil may furnish important data for improving educational campaigns designed to prevent these types of attacks, as well as for preserving snakes.
But the evidence that Marais did continue his snake studies, this time in the safer realm of Afrikaans, is found in Die Brandwag of 15 March, 1911, where in his "Slanggif " piece--while injecting badgers with the poison of ringed cobras--he ransacked Andrew Smith's five volumes on zoology of 1838-49 for further instances of ophidian lore.
His son would join the Ophidian Club, and Winn would attend the initiation dinner and drink with the boy who would live his life over again, affirming its correctness at every juncture.