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 medusoid
Historical Examples of medusoid
The jellyfish or medusoid body-form corresponds in general to an umbrella or bell.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
In some other cases medusoid develops directly from medusoid (hypogenesis), whether by sexual cells or by gemmation.
In other cases the medusoid is hypogenetic, medusoid producing medusoid.
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.