Ophidian vs Serpentine - What's the difference?

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Ophidian is a synonym of serpentine.


As nouns the difference between ophidian and serpentine

is that ophidian is any species of the suborder serpentes; a snake or serpent while serpentine is any of several plants believed to cure snakebites or serpentine can be (label) any of several green/brown minerals consisting of a magnesium and iron silicates that have similar layered crystal structure.

As adjectives the difference between ophidian and serpentine

is that ophidian is of or pertaining to the suborder serpentes; of, related to, or characteristic of a snake or serpent while serpentine is sinuous; curving in alternate directions or serpentine can be (geology|botany) of or characteristic of serpentine rocks or the plants that grow there.

As a verb serpentine is

(archaic) to serpentize; to turn or bend; to meander.

ophidian

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • Any species of the suborder Serpentes; a snake or serpent.
  • * 1997 , Olivier Rieppel, 2: The Lepidosauromorpha: an overview with special emphasis on the Squamata'', Nicholas C. Fraser, Hans-Dieter Sues (editors), ''In the Shadow of the Dinosaurs: Early Mesozoic Tetrapods , page 31,
  • Vertebral structure is critical for the identification of fossil snakes, because vertebrae are among the most easily fossilized parts of ophidians .
  • * 2011 , Didier Marchand, Chapter 11: The Logic of Forms in the Light of Developmental Biology and Palaeontology'', Paul Bourgine, ''Morphogenesis , page 205,
  • It has long been known that ophidians have lost not only their front legs but also every embryonic trace of these limbs and their associated shoulder girdle (to such a degree that we cannot determine how many cervical vertebrae they have).
  • * 2012 , Bruce M. Rothschild, Hans-Peter Schultze, Rodrigo Pellegrini, Herpetological Osteopathology: Annotated Bibliography of Amphibians and Reptiles , page 226,
  • Siamese or double monsters are well known in saurians, chelonians, and ophidians , as are bicephalic, two-tailed and conjoined bodies (thoracodymus, ischiodymus, etc.).

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Of or pertaining to the suborder Serpentes; of, related to, or characteristic of a snake or serpent.
  • * 2009 , Thomas E. Sniegoski, The Fallen , Simon Pulse (2003), ISBN 068985577X, page 115:
  • The ophidian beast began to glow eerily, and Aaron could discern a fine webwork of veins and capillaries running throughout the creature's body.
  • * 2009 , Encyclopedia of Islands (eds. Rosemary G. Gillespie & D. A. Clague), University of California Press (2009), ISBN 9780520256491, page 843:
  • A less obvious asset of snakes is their very light and supple jaws, which arose in the course of ophidian evolution to permit the ingestion of extraordinarily large meals (at maximum, more than 100% of their body mass).
  • * 2011 , Pre-Columbian America: Empires of the New World (ed. Kathleen Kuiper), Britannica Educational Publishing (2011), ISBN 9781615302116, page 62:
  • Another ophidian deity recognizable in Classic reliefs is the Feathered Serpent, known to the Maya as Kukulcán (and to the Toltecs and Aztecs as Quetzalcóatl).

    References

    * (etymology) Ophidian'', ''The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language : Fourth Edition. 2000.

    serpentine

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) serpentin, from (etyl) .

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Sinuous; curving in alternate directions.
  • The serpentine path through the mountains was narrow and dangerous.
  • Having the shape or form of a snake.
  • There are serpentine species of lizards which do not have legs.
  • Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of snakes.
  • Of, or having attributes associated with, the mythological serpent, such as craftiness or deceitfulness.
  • The wily criminal was known for his serpentine behavior.
    Synonyms
    * : sinuous, tortuous, winding * (having the form of a snake): ophidian

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Any of several plants believed to cure snakebites.
  • An early form of cannon.
  • A coiled distillation tube.
  • (maths) Any of several related cubic curves; anguinea
  • Verb

    (serpentin)
  • (archaic) To serpentize; to turn or bend; to meander.
  • * Lord Lyttelton
  • There were two little lakes, or rather large pools which stood in the bottom, whence issued a rivulet which serpentined in view for two or three miles, offering a pleasing relief to the eye.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) serpentine, from resemblance to a serpent's skin.

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (geology, botany) Of or characteristic of serpentine rocks or the plants that grow there.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (label) Any of several green/brown minerals consisting of a magnesium and iron silicates that have similar layered crystal structure.
  • (geology) An outcrop or region with soil and rock dominated by these minerals.
  • Hyponyms
    * (mineral) antigorite, chrysotile, lizardite ----