Ophiomancy to Opossum

(O"phi*o*man`cy) n. [Gr. 'o`fis a serpent + -mancy: cf. F. ophiomantie.] Divination by serpents, as by their manner of eating, or by their coils.

(||O`phi*o*mor"pha) n. pl. [NL. See Ophiomorphous.] (Zoöl.) An order of tailless amphibians having a slender, wormlike body with regular annulations, and usually with minute scales imbedded in the skin. The limbs are rudimentary or wanting. It includes the cæcilians. Called also Gymnophiona and Ophidobatrachia.

(O`phi*o*mor"phite) n. [Gr. 'o`fis a serpent + form.] (Paleon.) An ammonite.

(O`phi*o*mor"phous) a. [Gr. 'o`fis a serpent + -morphous.] Having the form of a serpent.

(O`phi*oph"a*gous) a. [Gr. 'o`fis a serpent + fagei^n to eat: cf. F. ophiophage.] (Zoöl.) Feeding on serpents; — said of certain birds and reptiles.

(||O`phi*oph"a*gus), n. [NL. See Ophiophagous.] (Zoöl.) A genus of venomous East Indian snakes, which feed on other snakes. Ophiophagus elaps is said to be the largest and most deadly of poisonous snakes.

(O"phite) a. [Gr. 'ofi`ths, fr. 'o`fis a serpent.] Of or pertaining to a serpent. [Obs.]

(O"phite), n. [L. ophites, Gr. 'ofi`ths a kind of marble spotted like a serpent: cf. F. ophite.] (Min.) A greenish spotted porphyry, being a diabase whose pyroxene has been altered to uralite; — first found in the Pyreness. So called from the colored spots which give it a mottled appearance.O*phi"ic a.

(O"phite), n. [L. Ophitae, pl. See Ophite, a.] (Eccl.Hist.) A mamber of a Gnostic serpent- worshiping sect of the second century.

(||O`phi*u"chus) n. [L., fr. Gr. lit., holding a serpent; 'o`fis a serpent + to hold.] (Astron.) A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere, delineated as a man holding a serpent in his hands; — called also Serpentarius.

(||O`phi*u"ra) n. [NL., from Gr. snake + a tail.] (Zoöl.) A genus of ophiurioid starfishes.

(O`phi*u"ran) a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Ophiurioidea.n. One of the Ophiurioidea.

(O`phi*u"rid) n. (Zoöl.) Same as Ophiurioid.

(||O`phi*u"ri*da) n. pl. [NL.] (Zoöl.) Same as Ophiurioidea.

(O`phi*u"ri*oid) a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Ophiurioidea.n. One of the Ophiurioidea. [Written also ophiuroid.]

(||O`phi*u`ri*oi"de*a ||O`phi*u*roi"de*a) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. serpent + tail + form.] (Zoöl.) A class of star-shaped echinoderms having a disklike body, with slender, articulated arms, which are not grooved beneath and are often very fragile; — called also Ophiuroida and Ophiuridea. See Illust. under Brittle star.

(||Oph"ry*on) n. [NL., fr. Gr. the brow.] (Anat.) The supraorbital point.

(Oph*thal"mi*a) n. [F. ophthalmie, L. ophthalmia, fr. Gr. 'ofqalmi`a, fr. 'ofqalmo`s the eye, akin to E. optic. See Optic.] (Med.) An inflammation of the membranes or coats of the eye or of the eyeball.

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