Ophidia Spathe 

 Listen carefully when the serpent speaks, for its tongue is forked, and its words have two meanings.

DEFINITION/SUMMARY:

Ophedia

Scientific study of snakes

  • Snakes are thought to have evolved from lizards that burrow or swim. Giving their hind legs to evolution
  • From the clade Ophedia poisononous snake
  • Reptile of the suborder Ophidia (or Serpentes)

Spathe

  • Blades cross swords
  • Broad blade

EXPANDED INFO:

Phrase “speaks with a forked tongue”

  • Means to say one thing and mean another
    To be hypocritical, act in a duplicitous manner or blatant lying
  • In Native American tribes, “speaking with a forked tongue” means to lie and is a person was no longer considered trustworthy
  • “speak with a forked tongue” was also adopted by Americans around the time of the Revolution, and may be found in many early 19th century references
  • Used to often report on American officers who sought to convince the tribal leaders with whom they negotiated that they “spoke with a straight and not with a forked tongue” (as for example, President Andrew Jackson told the Creek Nation in 1829

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