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acephalous

[ey-sef-uh-luh s]
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adjective
  1. Also a·ce·phal·ic [ey-suh-fal-ik] /ˌeɪ səˈfæl ɪk/. Zoology. headless; lacking a distinct head.
  2. without a leader or ruler.
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Origin of acephalous

1725–35; < Greek aképhalos; see a-6, -cephalous
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Historical Examples

  • Such is a summary description of all the Acephalous Molluscs.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • Almost all bivalve shells, or those of acephalous mollusca, are marine, about ten only out of ninety genera being freshwater.

  • 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.'


British Dictionary definitions for acephalous

acephalous

adjective
  1. having no head or one that is reduced and indistinct, as certain insect larvae
  2. having or recognizing no ruler or leader
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Word Origin

C18: via Medieval Latin from Greek akephalos. See a- 1, -cephalic
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Word Origin and History for acephalous

adj.

"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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