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)


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

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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

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

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