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04/21/2008

* fem. proper name, from Gk. opheleia "help, aid," from ophelein "to help, aid, assist," ophelos "advantage, help," from PIE base *obhel- "to avail" (cf. Armenian avelum).

* A female given name.

* The satellite of Uranus that is second in distance from the planet.

* O*phel"ic\, a. (Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, a substance (called ophelic acid) extracted from a plant (Ophelia) of the Gentian family as a bitter yellowish syrup, used in India as a febrifuge and tonic.