ophite

noun \-fīt\

Definition of ophite

plural

-s

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

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Origin and Etymology of ophite

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


Ophite

noun \"\

Definition of Ophite

plural

-s

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of ophite

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


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