acephalous

[ey-sef-uh-luh s]
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adjective

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

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

adjective

having no head or one that is reduced and indistinct, as certain insect larvae
having or recognizing no ruler or leader

Word Origin for acephalous

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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