American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A constellation in the equatorial region near Hercules and Scorpius.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ancient northern constellation, representing a man holding a serpent; the Serpent-bearer. Also called Serpentarius. The Serpent is now treated as a separate constellation.
- n. astronomy A zodiacal constellation of the northern summer said to depict a man (Asclepius) holding a serpent; the serpent is the constellation Serpens.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Astron.) A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere, delineated as a man holding a serpent in his hands; -- called also
- n. a large constellation in the equatorial region between Hercules and Scorpius
- From Latin Ophiūchus, from Ancient Greek Ὀφιοῦχος ("serpent-handler"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin Ophiūchus, from Greek ophioukhos : ophis, serpent + okhos, holder (from ekhein, to hold; see segh- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Ophiuchus, the so-called 13th sign, was not adopted into Astrology because the sun barely touches the constellation during its path through the Zodiac.”
“In the last few days, I have received many alarmed e-mails regarding the recent Internet craze concerning the shattering "new discoveries" that the signs have shifted due to a wobble in the Earth's axis and that there is a new 13th sign called Ophiuchus.”
“This story about our signs changing, as well as the "discovery" of a 13th sign Ophiuchus, is nothing new; it surfaces every few years and is recycled by the media.”
“In addition, there may be a 13th Zodiac sign: Ophiuchus.”
“*Astronomers say the zodiac should include a 13th constellation, Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer.”
“Sidereal zodiac has a 13th sign, Ophiuchus, throwing a wrench on the well-known 12-sign system.”
“According to myth, Ophiuchus became a healer when he killed a snake and another appeared with an herb in his mouth that revived the dead one, said Amy Sayle, an astronomy educator at the Moorehead Planetarium at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.”
“By the reckoning of Kunkle and other astronomers, astrologers are not only a month off in their zodiac signs, but they are neglecting a 13th constellation, Ophiuchus Ooh-FEE-yew-kus the Serpent Bearer, for those born from Nov. 30 to Dec. 17.”
“Mary-Iris Taylor, a writer in St. Louis, had seen the story of Kunkle's zodiac on TV, but on Friday, she read a link a friend had posted on Facebook and realized she was an Ophiuchus.”
“Ophiuchus, Greek for serpent-bearer, is a large constellation that falls...”
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