noun, plural me·du·sas, me·du·sae [muh-doo-see, -zee, -dyoo-] /məˈdu si, -zi, -ˈdyu-/. Zoology.
Origin of medusa
Examples from the Web for medusae
Historical Examples of medusae
He is now in Madeira, where he is going to work chiefly on the Medusae.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II
I have heard indirectly of your splendid success with nerves of medusae.More Letters of Charles Darwin
The number of medusae in the olive-green water was found to be immense.The Ocean and its Wonders
It has been said that the movement of neurons has been observed in certain of the Medusae.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
Dr Cuff had a powerful microscope, through which he examined one of the stomachs of the medusae.My First Voyage to Southern Seas
noun plural -sas or -sae (-ziː)
Word Origin for medusa
"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.