Acephalous

  • 1 Acephalous — A*ceph a*lous, a. [See {Acephal}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Headless. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Without a distinct head; a term applied to bivalve mollusks. [1913 Webster] 3. (Bot.) Having the style spring from the base, instead of from the apex, as… …

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  • 2 acephalous — (adj.) headless, 1731, from Fr. acéphale + ous, or directly from L.L. acephalus, from Gk. akephalos, from a not + kephale head …

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  • 3 acephalous — [ā sef′ə ləs] adj. [LL acephalus < Gr akephalos < a , without + kephalē, head: see CEPHALIC] 1. Zool. having no part of the body differentiated as the head 2. having no leader …

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  • 4 acephalous — adjective /əˈsɛfələs/ a) Headless , A false or acephalous structure of sentence. b) Without a distinct head; a term applied to bivalve mollusks …

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  • 5 acephalous — adjective Etymology: Greek akephalos, from a + kephalē head more at cephalic Date: circa 1731 1. lacking a head or having the head reduced 2. lacking a governing head or chief …

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  • 6 acephalous — adj. [Gr. a, without; kephale, head] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) Pertains to the absence of any structure comparable to a head, as in certain dipteran larvae; acephalic; see eucephalous, hemicephalous …

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • 7 acephalous — /ay sef euh leuhs/, adj. 1. Also, acephalic /ay seuh fal ik/. Zool. headless; lacking a distinct head. 2. without a leader or ruler. [1725 35; < Gk aképhalos; see A 6, CEPHALOUS] * * * …

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  • 8 acephalous — Headless. * * * aceph·a·lous ( )ā sef ə ləs, ə sef adj lacking a head or having the head reduced * * * aceph·a·lous (a sefґə ləs) headless …

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  • 9 acephalous — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. 1. headless 2. leaderless …

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  • 10 acephalous — A term used to describe the political system of societies without centralized state authority such as, for example, traditional African lineage political systems (see, Tribes without Rulers, 1958). Authority is wielded at the level of the clan,… …

    Dictionary of sociology

  • 11 acephalous — adj. headless, lacking a head; having no official leader …

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  • 12 acephalous — [eɪ sɛf(ə)ləs, kɛf ] adjective 1》 without a head. 2》 Prosody lacking syllables in the first foot. Origin C18: via med. L. from Gk akephalos headless + ous …

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  • 13 acephalous — a. Headless, without organization, disorganized, confused, anarchical, disorderly, lumbering, aimless, shapeless, amorphous …

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  • 14 acephalous — aceph·a·lous …

    English syllables

  • 15 acephalous — a•ceph•a•lous [[t]eɪˈsɛf ə ləs[/t]] adj. 1) zool. Also, a•ce•phal•ic [[t]ˌeɪ səˈfæl ɪk[/t]] headless; lacking a distinct head 2) without a leader or ruler • Etymology: 1725–35; < Gk aképhalos; see a VI, cephalous …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 acephalous — /eɪˈsɛfələs/ (say ay sefuhluhs), /ə / (say uh ) adjective 1. headless; lacking a distinct head. 2. without a leader. {Late Latin acephalus, from Greek akephalos. See a 6, cephalous} …

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  • 17 acephalous —   a. lacking a head or a leader; lacking the first syllable or foot (of a hexameter).    ♦ acephalus (pl. li), n. foetus lacking a head …

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  • 18 acephalous — Without leadership …

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  • 19 acephalous — adj. 1 headless. 2 having no chief. 3 Zool. having no part of the body specially organized as a head. 4 Bot. with a head aborted or cut off. 5 Prosody lacking a syllable or syllables in the first foot. Etymology: med.L acephalus f. Gk akephalos… …

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  • 20 Acephalous line — An acephalous or headless line is a line in a poem which does not conform to its accepted metre, due to the first syllable s omission. Acephalous lines are usually deliberate variations in scansion, but this is not always obvious. Famous poems to …

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