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acephalous

[ ey-sef-uh-luhs ]

adjective

  1. Also a·ce·phal·ic [] Zoology. headless; lacking a distinct head.
  2. without a leader or ruler.


acephalous

/ əˈsɛfələs /

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 History and Origins

Origin of acephalous1

1725–35; < Greek aképhalos; a- 6, -cephalous
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Word History and Origins

Origin of acephalous1

C18: via Medieval Latin from Greek akephalos. See a- 1, -cephalic
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Example Sentences

Based in Southeast Nigeria, this industrious and acephalous group has attracted a lot of attention from research in recent years.

From Quartz

Its cercari are usually found in an acephalous mollusc, known by the name of Cyclas cornea.

He found it more 'acephalous' than ever; 'less order; less unity of purpose.'

Such is a summary description of all the Acephalous Molluscs.

I cannot imagine anything more manifestly made to be a tyranny than such an acephalous aristocracy.

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

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