From Latin Ophiūchus, from Ancient Greek Ὀφιοῦχος (“serpent-handler”).
- IPA: [ˌoʊfiˈjukəs]
- (astronomy) A zodiacal constellation of the northern summer said to depict a man (Asclepius) holding a serpent; the serpent is the constellation Serpens.
Although it is not a member of the traditional twelve signs of the zodiac, the sun does pass through the constellation as defined by the IAU.
zodiacal constellation of the northern summer