- a saucer-shaped or dome-shaped, free-swimming jellyfish or hydra.
Origin of medusa
- the only mortal of the three Gorgons. She was killed by Perseus, and her head was mounted upon the aegis of Zeus and Athena.
Origin of Medusa
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Contemporary Examples of medusa
Editor's note: An earlier version of this article confused the monster Hydra with Medusa.A Manifesto for Disorder: Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s ‘Antifragile’ Reviewed
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Shannel (Season 1) I love that outfit—the Medusa with the snakes.RuPaul Picks Favorite All-Star Drag Race Looks
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That was followed by Black Joy, The Medusa Touch starring Richard Burton, and the Robert De Niro vehicle King of Comedy.The Billionaire and the Fugitive
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Historical Examples of medusa
Now fly; for the other Gorgons will do their utmost to take vengeance for Medusa's death.
The snakes, too, seemed to feel Medusa's dream, and to be made more restless by it.
At the first glimpse of the terrible head of Medusa, they whitened into marble!
I did not imagine that a number of the Standard could have the effect of Medusa's head.Under Western Eyes
While the period of Thule is 8.8 years, the period of Medusa is 3·1 years.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I
Word Origin for medusa
- Greek myth a mortal woman who was transformed by Athena into one of the three Gorgons. Her appearance was so hideous that those who looked directly at her were turned to stone. Perseus eventually slew herSee also Pegasus 1
"jellyfish," 1758, as genus name, from the name of one of the three Gorgons with snakes for hair, whose glance turned to stone him who looked upon it (attested in English from late 14c.). Her name is from Greek Medousa, literally "guardian," fem. present participle of the verb medein "to protect, rule over" (see Medea). The zoological name was chosen by Linnæus, suggested by the creature's long tentacles. Related: Medusoid.
- A cnidarian in its free-swimming stage. Medusas are bell-shaped, with tentacles hanging down around a central mouth. Jellyfish are medusas, while corals and sea anemones lack a medusa stage and exist only as polyps. Compare polyp.