from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A constellation in the equatorial region near Hercules and Scorpius.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A zodiacal constellation of the northern summer said to depict a man (Asclepius) holding a serpent; the serpent is the constellation Serpens.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere, delineated as a man holding a serpent in his hands; -- called also Serpentarius.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large constellation in the equatorial region between Hercules and Scorpius
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)
From Latin Ophiūchus, from Ancient Greek Ὀφιοῦχος ("serpent-handler"). (Wiktionary)