ophite

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɒfʌɪt/, /ˈəʊfʌɪt/

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin ophites, from Ancient Greek as Etymology 2, below. Compare ophites.

Noun[edit]

ophite (plural ophites)

  1. (geology) Any of various rocks having snake-like markings, such as a mottled greenish porphyry. [from 16th c.]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Ancient Greek ὀϕίτης (oϕítēs).

Adjective[edit]

ophite (comparative more ophite, superlative most ophite)

  1. (rare) Serpent-like; ophidian. [from 19th c.]
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p. 243:
      The idols represented the eons, divine emanations, and their origin was probably ophite – about which we know a thing or two at first hand.

Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

ophītē

  1. ablative singular of ophītēs
  2. vocative singular of ophītēs