- belonging or pertaining to the suborder Ophidia (Serpentes), comprising the snakes.
- a snake.
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Ophidia, a suborder of reptiles that comprises the snakes
- any reptile of the suborder Ophidia; a snake
adj.“pertaining to snakes,” 1883, from Greek ophidion, diminutive of ophis “serpent” (see ophio-). Hence, ophiolatry “serpent-worship” (1862), and the 2c. sect of the Ophitæ, who revered the serpent as the symbol of divine wisdom.
- A member of the suborder Ophidia or Serpentes; a snake.