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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.]
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(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]
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(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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It is notable that no sites are known in some lithologies, such as basalt and ophite. Lithology could be an important factor in understanding the peculiar distribution of cromlechs (Edeso and Mujika, 2011), as was also observed in the case of funerary rituals from the Middle Neolithic Period-Bronze Age from the Gipuzkoa area (Fig.
Stones such as mountain crystal, ophite and coneline, and the usual amethyst, ruby and emerald have been used for the jewellery.
Paradise reconsidered in Gnostic mythmaking; rethinking Sethianism in light of the Ophite evidence.
Subsequently, Fouque and Michel Levy (1879) used a derivative term "ophite" to describe diabase or dolerite.
By these lights Ahab is a Blakean-Byronic-Shelleyan hero of the type of Cain or Prometheus, implicitly identifying "the accuser who is God of this world" with a malignant, prosecutorial demiurge, or even the devil himself (as in Ophite readings of the Old Testament).(2) Thus the work can be seen as a typical Romantic anti-theodicy: see especially Stubb's retelling of the book of Job in chapter 73, and the following passages.
A third question concerns the identity of the `sect' to which these texts belonged: Barbelognostic, Ophite, or Sethian?
Ophite outcrops are relatively common in the Antequera-Olvera region, though varying greatly in local extent.