ophite

noun (1)
\-fīt\
plural -s

Definition of ophite 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: any of various usually green and often mottled or blotched rocks (as a serpentine or serpentine marble)

Ophite

noun (2)
\"\
plural -s

Definition of Ophite (Entry 2 of 2)

: a member of a Gnostic sect or group of sects including the Naassenes and Perates that revered the serpent as the symbol of the hidden divine wisdom and as having befriended Adam and Eve by persuading them to eat of the tree of knowledge

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for ophite

Noun (1)

Latin, from Greek ophitēs (lithos), literally, serpentine stone, from ophitēs like a snake, from ophis

Noun (2)

Late Latin Ophitae, plural, from Late Greek Ophitai, plural, from Greek ophis snake + -itae, plural of -ites -ite

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ophite

Dictionary Entries near ophite

-ophis

Ophisaurus

ophism

ophite

Ophite

ophitic

Ophiuchus

Statistics for ophite

Look-up Popularity

Comments on ophite

What made you want to look up ophite? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a private place of worship

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!