from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mottled green rock composed of diabase.
- n. Any of various green rocks, such as serpentine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a serpent.
- n. 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. A mamber of a Gnostic serpent-worshiping sect of the second century.
from The 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.
- 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.
Middle English ophites, from Latin ophītēs, from Greek ophītēs (lithos), serpentlike (stone), from ophis, serpent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ophites, from Ancient Greek as Etymology 2, below. Compare ophites. (Wiktionary)
From Ancient Greek ὀϕίτης. (Wiktionary)