Ophiuchus constellation (representing Aesculapius), 1650s, from Latin, from Gk. ophioukhos, lit. "holding a serpent," from ophis "serpent" (see OPHIDIAN (Cf. ophidian)) + stem of ekhein "to hold, have, keep" (see SCHEME (Cf. scheme) (n.)). The constellation is equatorial, and Milton's "Ophiuchus huge in th' Arctick Sky" ("Paradise Lost") is a rare lapse for a poet who generally knew his astronomy.

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  • OPHIUCHUS — inter Numina Gentilium. It. sidus caeleste, stellis 16. constans, quod Poetae Latini verbum verbo redden es, Anguitenentem appellârunt. Qui Astronomicum Poeticum conscripserunt, Herculem esse putant, qui adhuc in cunis vagiens, angues a Iunone… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Ophiuchus — O phi*u chus, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, lit., holding a serpent; o fis a serpent + ? to hold.] (Astron.) A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere, delineated as a man holding a serpent in his hands; called also {Serpentarius}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ophiūchus — (lat. Serpentarius, Anguifer, Schlangenträger), großes Sternbild des nördlichen und südlichen Himmels, zwischen Herkules, Wage, Skorpion und Schütze, wird von der Milchstraße durchschnitten und enthält einen Stern zweiter Größe (Ras Alhagua, α),… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Ophiuchus — Ophiūchus (grch.; lat. Serpentarĭus, »Schlangenträger«), Sternbild am Äquator, mit 113 dem bloßen Auge sichtbaren Sternen, deren hellster zweiter Größe ist [Tafel: Astronomie I, 1] …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Ophiuchus —   [griechisch], wissenschaftliche Bezeichnung des Sternbilds Schlangenträger.   …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Ophiuchus — [äf΄ē yo͞o′kəs, ō΄fēyo͞o′kəs] n. [L < Gr ophiouchos, lit., holding a serpent < ophis (see OPHIOLATRY) + base of echein, to hold: see SCHEME] a large N and S constellation between Hercules and Scorpius …   English World dictionary

  • Ophiuchus — For other uses, see Ophiuchus (disambiguation). Ophiuchus Constellation …   Wikipedia

  • Ophiuchus — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Serpentaire. Ophiuchus ou Serpentaire Vue de la constellation …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ophiuchus — Daten des Sternbildes Schlangenträger Deutscher Name Schlangenträger Lateinischer Name Ophiuchus Lateinischer Genitiv Ophiuchi Lateinische Abkürzung Oph Lage Himmelsäquator Re …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ophiuchus — Serpentarius Ser pen*ta ri*us, n.[NL., fr. L. serpens serpent.] (Astron.) A constellation on the equator, lying between Scorpio and Hercules; called also {Ophiuchus}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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