Ophi·​u·​chus | \ ˌä-fē-ˈyü-kəs How to pronounce Ophiuchus (audio) , ˌō- \

Definition of Ophiuchus

: a large northern constellation that is visible between the constellations of Scutum and Hercules and that is represented by the figure of a man grasping a snake (the constellation Serpens) Thomas Greene of the University of Hawaii and Charles Lada of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory have studied five protostars in Ophiuchus, each about 100,000 years old.Astronomy, September 1997

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1556, in the meaning defined above

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“Ophiuchus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ophiuchus. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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