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- n. Plural form of ophite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stone mentioned by various Greek and Latin authors, the word designating Several quite different things.
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It is a representative example of the combination of neo-tectonic evolution under conditions of sea shelf formation on ancient structures resulting from island arcs (Oligocene-Quaternary) with a foundation of transformed oceanic crusts (ophites).
Pantagruel soon knew the cause of it, having discovered a small cylinder or roller that joined the gates over the threshold, and, turning like them towards the wall on a hard well-polished ophites stone, with rubbing and rolling caused that harmonious murmur.
About the church are six hundred pillars of marble, porphyry, and ophites.
The ftone the rock is fanned ofi is a granite of greeniih colour, fpotted with Mack, liko die ophites of the antieirts. ..
Topographia hibernica : or The topography ofIreland, antient and modern. Giving a complete view of the civil and ecclesiastical state of that kingdom; with its antiquities, natural curiosities, trade, manufactures, extent and population
For this here was wholly in compartments of precious stones, all in their natural colours: one of red jasper, most charmingly spotted; another of ophites; a third of porphyry; a fourth of lycophthalmy, a stone of four different colours, powdered with sparks of gold as small as atoms; a fifth of agate, streaked here and there with small milk-coloured waves; a sixth of costly chalcedony or onyx-stone; and another of green jasper, with certain red and yellowish veins.