I'm really excited to share these creature concepts that I had a lot of fun putting together. Here is some of the info for the Title / Concept:
Word Origin and History for ophidian
"pertaining to snakes," 1883, from Greek ophidion, diminutive of ophis "serpent" (see ophio- ). Hence, ophiolatry "serpent-worship" (1862), and the 2c. sect of the Ophitæ, who revered the serpent as the symbol of divine wisdom.
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