Wednesday wherein marriages were formerly solemnized publicly in churches. [Eng.] (c) The time
after harvest when the common fields are open to all kinds of stock. [Prov.Eng.] Halliwell. [Written also
(O*phel"ic) a. (Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, a substance (called ophelic acid)
extracted from a plant (Ophelia) of the Gentian family as a bitter yellowish sirup, used in India as a febrifuge
(Oph"i*cleide) n. [F. ophicléide, fr. Gr. 'o`fis a serpent + gen. a key. So named because
it was in effect the serpent, an old musical instrument, with keys added.] (Mus.) A large brass wind
instrument, formerly used in the orchestra and in military bands, having a loud tone, deep pitch, and a
compass of three octaves; now generally supplanted by bass and contrabass tubas. Moore
(||O*phid"i*a) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. dim. of 'o`fis a snake.] (Zoöl.) The order of reptiles which
includes the serpents.
The most important divisions are: the Solenoglypha, having erectile perforated fangs, as the rattlesnake; the
Proteroglypha, or elapine serpents, having permanently erect fang, as the cobra; the Asinea, or colubrine
serpents, which are destitute of fangs; and the Opoterodonta, or Epanodonta, blindworms, in which the
mouth is not dilatable.
(O*phid"i*an) n. [Cf. F. ophidien.] (Zoöl.) One of the Ophidia; a snake or serpent.
(O*phid"i*an), a. [Cf. F. ophidien.] (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Ophidia; belonging to serpents.
(O*phid"i*oid) a. [Ophidion + -oid.] (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Ophidiidæ, a family of fishes
which includes many slender species. n. One of the Ophidiidæ.
(||O*phid"i*on) n.; pl. Ophidia [L., fr. Gr. little snake, fr. 'o`fis a serpent.] (Zoöl.) The typical
genus of ophidioid fishes. [Written also Ophidium.] See Illust. under Ophidioid.
(O*phid"i*ous) a. Ophidian.
(O`phi*ol"a*try) n. [Gr. 'o`fis serpent + worship.] The worship of serpents.
(O`phi*o*log"ic O`phi*o*log"ic*al) a. Of or pertaining to ophiology.
(O`phi*ol"o*gist) n. One versed in the natural history of serpents.
(O`phi*ol"o*gy) n. [Gr. 'o`fis a serpent + -logy: cf.F. ophioloqie.] That part of natural history
which treats of the ophidians, or serpents.