Definition of ophidian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ōˈfidēən/


A reptile of the group Ophidia; a snake.
Example sentences
  • Some aspects of the ophidian anatomy can be explained by an aquatic mode of life of their putative ancestor, but others are more easily explained by a terrestrial ancestry of snakes.
  • If you have always been afraid of snakes, visit a zoo with an ophidian exhibit.
  • Moreover, they provide a first insight into the composition of the earliest ophidian venoms and point the way toward a research program that could elucidate the functional context of the evolution of the snake venom proteome.


Relating to or denoting snakes.
Example sentences
  • As indicated by the morphological description above, the postcranial skeleton of Haasiophis (and Pachyrhachis) generally corresponds to an ophidian morphology with no apparent regionalization of the precaudal (precloacal) axial skeleton.
  • Alethinophidians and scolecophidians form a monophyletic ophidian clade that is also unresolved within scleroglossans.
  • Boas and pythons still possess vestigial remnants of hind limbs, called "anal claws," which indicate that they are basal members of the ophidian clade.

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Syllabification: o·phid·i·an

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