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acaleph

[ ak-uh-lef ]
/ ˈæk əˌlɛf /
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noun

(in former classifications) any coelenterate of the group Acalephae, including the sea nettles and jellyfishes.

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Also ac·a·lephe [ak-uh-leef]. /ˈæk əˌlif/.

Origin of acaleph

1700–10; <New Latin acalepha<Greek akalḗphē stinging nettle, sea anemone
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acaleph
/ (ˈækəˌlɛf) /

noun

obsolete any of the coelenterates of the former taxonomic group Acalephae, which included the jellyfishes

Word Origin for acaleph

C18: from New Latin, from Greek akalēphē a sting
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