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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

Etymologies

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)

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