- Also a·ce·phal·ic [ey-suh-fal-ik] /ˌeɪ səˈfæl ɪk/. Zoology. headless; lacking a distinct head.
- without a leader or ruler.
Origin of acephalous
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Examples from the Web for acephalous
Such is a summary description of all the Acephalous Molluscs.The Ocean World:
Almost all bivalve shells, or those of acephalous mollusca, are marine, about ten only out of ninety genera being freshwater.A Manual of Elementary Geology
But in its present acephalous condition it is but a fragment of sciencea headless corpse, unfit to rank among complete sciences.
I cannot imagine anything more manifestly made to be a tyranny than such an acephalous aristocracy.What I Saw in America
G. K. Chesterton
He found it more 'acephalous' than ever; 'less order; less unity of purpose.'
- having no head or one that is reduced and indistinct, as certain insect larvae
- having or recognizing no ruler or leader
C18: via Medieval Latin from Greek akephalos. See a- 1, -cephalic
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Word Origin and History for acephalous
"headless," 1731, from French acéphale + -ous, or directly from Late Latin acephalus, from Greek akephalos, from a- "not" + kephale "head" (see cephalo-).
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