scyphistoma
noun (plural scyphistomae; also -mas) Etymology: New Latin, from Latin scyphus cup + Greek stoma mouth — more at stomach Date: 1861 a sexually produced scyphozoan larva that ultimately repeatedly constricts transversely to form free-swimming medusae

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  • Scyphistoma — Scy*phis to*ma, n.; pl. {Scyphistomata}, {Scyphistom[ae]}. [NL., fr. Gr. sky fos a cup + sto ma the mouth.] (Zo[ o]l.) The young attached larva of Discophora in the stage when it resembles a hydroid, or actinian. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scyphistŏma — Scyphistŏma, s. Akalephen und Medusen …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • scyphistoma — [sī fis′tə mə] n. pl. scyphistomae [sī fis′təmē΄] or scyphistomas 〚ModL < L scyphus, cup (see SCYPHUS) + Gr stoma, mouth (see STOMA)〛 …   Universalium

  • scyphistoma — [sī fis′tə mə] n. pl. scyphistomae [sī fis′təmē΄] or scyphistomas [ModL < L scyphus, cup (see SCYPHUS) + Gr stoma, mouth (see STOMA)] the small, attached polyp stage of the scyphozoan jellyfishes, preceding the strobila stage …   English World dictionary

  • scyphistoma — n. [Gr. scyphos, cup; stoma, mouth] (CNIDARIA) A jellyfish polypoid larval stage attached to the bottom that gives rise to free swimming medusae; a strobila; see hydra tuba …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • scyphistoma — scy·phis·to·ma …   English syllables

  • scyphistoma — /səˈfɪstəmə/ (say suh fistuhmuh) noun the polyp stage of a jellyfish. {Greek skyphos cup + i 1 + stoma} …   Australian English dictionary

  • scyphistoma — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Scyphistomae — Scyphistoma Scy*phis to*ma, n.; pl. {Scyphistomata}, {Scyphistom[ae]}. [NL., fr. Gr. sky fos a cup + sto ma the mouth.] (Zo[ o]l.) The young attached larva of Discophora in the stage when it resembles a hydroid, or actinian. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scyphistomata — Scyphistoma Scy*phis to*ma, n.; pl. {Scyphistomata}, {Scyphistom[ae]}. [NL., fr. Gr. sky fos a cup + sto ma the mouth.] (Zo[ o]l.) The young attached larva of Discophora in the stage when it resembles a hydroid, or actinian. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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