O*phid"i*a(?), prop. n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. , dim. of 'o`fis a snake.] (Zol.) The suborder of reptiles which includes the serpents; called also Serpentes.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
The most important divisions are: the Solenoglypha, having erectile perforated fangs, as the rattlesnake; the Proteroglypha, or elapine serpents, having permanently erect fang, as the cobra; the Asinea, or colubrine serpents, which are destitute of fangs; and the Opoterodonta, or Epanodonta, blindworms, in which the mouth is not dilatable.
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