ophi·​on | \ ōˈfīˌän; ˈäfēˌän, ˈōf- \

Definition of ophion

1 capitalized : a widely distributed genus of ichneumon wasps that have a compressed abdomen and are parasitoid on the caterpillars of various moths in which they lay a single egg
2 plural -s : any insect of the genus Ophion

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Other Words from ophion

ophionine \ ōˈfīəˌnīn ; ˈäfēə-​ , ˈōfēə-​ \ adjective or noun

History and Etymology for ophion

New Latin, from Greek ophiōn, a fabulous animal of Sardinia

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“Ophion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ophion. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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