Main definitions of ophite in English

: ophite1Ophite2

ophite1

noun

Geology
  • Any of various eruptive or metamorphic rocks which have spots or markings like a snake and are usually green; serpentine.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Dallington (b. 1561), author and courtier. From classical Latin ophītēs ophites. Compare Middle French, French ophite, Italian ofite.

Pronunciation

ophite

/ˈɒfʌɪt//ˈəʊfʌɪt/

Main definitions of ophite in English

: ophite1Ophite2

Ophite2

noun

Church History
  • A member of an early Gnostic sect which worshipped the serpent.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Topsell (d. 1625), Church of England clergyman and author. From post-classical Latin Ophitae (late 2nd or early 3rd cent. in Tertullian) from Hellenistic Greek Ὀϕῖται, plural of Ὀϕίτης from ancient Greek ὄϕις serpent + -ίτης.

Pronunciation

Ophite

/ˈəʊfʌɪt//ˈɒfʌɪt/