American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mottled green rock composed of diabase.
- n. Any of various green rocks, such as serpentine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to a serpent.
- n. A name originally applied to certain eruptive (diabasic or doleritic) rocks occurring in the Pyrenees, and later used with similar meaning for rocks found in Spain, Portugal, and northern Africa. In many of these the augite has become converted into uralite, hence they had previously been often classed with the diorites. Michel Lévy divides the French ophites into two types, the first distinguished by the presence of large proportions of the augitic or uralitic constituent, the second by a large predominance of plagioclase. The composition of the rocks which have been designated by different lithologists as ophites is variable, and their relations have not vet been fully worked out.
- n. A member of a Gnostic body, of very early origin, especially prominent in the second century, and existing as late as the sixth century. Its members were so called because they held that the serpent by which Eve was tempted was the impersonation of divine wisdom, the great teacher and civilizer of the human race. They were also called
Naassenes(from Hebrew nāchāsh, a serpent). See Sethian.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Of or pertaining to a serpent.
- n. (Min.) A greenish spotted porphyry, being a diabase whose pyroxene has been altered to uralite; -- first found in the Pyreness. So called from the colored spots which give it a mottled appearance.
- n. (Eccl. Hist.) A mamber of a Gnostic serpent-worshiping sect of the second century.
- From Ancient Greek ὀϕίτης. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ophites, from Latin ophītēs, from Greek ophītēs (lithos), serpentlike (stone), from ophis, serpent. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Geolog. ', t. ii., p. 379-415; on a similar effect produced by the action of dioritic and pyroxenic porphyry (the' ophite 'described by Elie de Beaumont, in the' Geologie de la France ', t. i., p. 72), between Tolosa and St. Sebastian, see Dufrenoy, in the' Mem.”
“Lateran, are the only examples of ophite pillars in Rome.”
“Very different from this is the ancient serpentine or ophite of Sparta called the _Lapis Lacedæmonius_, found in different hills near Krokee, or in Mount Taygetus in Lacedæmon, where the old quarry has recently been opened.”
“Mike DeVine's ophite Saturday, April 11th at 2: 56PM EDT”
“The justices job is to interpret laws. ophite: They certainly can "write law," whatever that means, when it comes to the application of Constitutional amendments.”
“The government's search protocol must be designed to uncover only the information for which it has probable cause, and only that information may be examined by the case agents. ophite: When a supreme court rules against something they don't write an opinion that says”
“The whole ceremony may be considered as a lively representation of an ophite procession as it advanced through the sinuous paralleiths of Karnak.”
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