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Of, relating to, or resembling a snake or the snakes.
[From New Latin Ophidia, suborder name, from Greek ophis, snake.]
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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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o•phid•i•an(oʊˈfɪd i ən)
1. belonging or pertaining to the suborder Serpentes (formerly Ophidia), comprising the snakes.n.
2. a snake.
[1820–30; < New Latin Ophidi(a) (pl.) (< Greek ophídion <óph(is) serpent]
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|Noun||1.||ophidian - limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous|
colubrid, colubrid snake - mostly harmless temperate-to-tropical terrestrial or arboreal or aquatic snakes
constrictor - any of various large nonvenomous snakes that kill their prey by crushing it in its coils
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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