Comments for the name Ophiuchus

Comments for OPHIUCHUS:

It is supposed to be the 13th astronomy sign, just between Sagittarius and Capricorn.
-- skrizzy  1/30/2005
Actually, Ophiuchus is between Scorpio and Sagittarius. It can be seen in the sky from November 30th to December 18th.
-- EchoSketcher  7/29/2010
Latinized form of Ὀφιοῦχος (Ophiouchos), which is sometimes also transcribed as Ophioukhos.

The first element of that name is derived from Greek ὄφις (ophis) meaning "serpent, snake". The second element is derived from the Greek verb ὀχέω (ocheo) meaning "to bear, to carry, to hold fast, to sustain", which is closely related to the Greek verb ἔχω (echo) meaning "to have, to hold, to possess". Also compare the Greek noun ὄχος (ochos) meaning "carriage, chariot, wagon". Another Greek noun that is etymologically related is ὀχή (oche) meaning "prop, support" as well as "nourishment, food".
-- Lucille  12/9/2014

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