[ stroh-bahy-luh ]

noun,plural stro·bi·lae [stroh-bahy-lee]. /stroʊˈbaɪ li/. Zoology.
  1. the body of a tapeworm exclusive of the head and neck region.: Compare scolex.

  2. the chain of segments of the larva of a jellyfish in the class Scyphozoa, each segment of which gives rise to a free-swimming medusa.

Origin of strobila

1835–45; <New Latin, originally coined as a genus name <Greek strobī́lē a plug of lint shaped like a fir cone; see strobilus

Words Nearby strobila Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use strobila in a sentence

  • There are some species which, having no hydroid or strobila state, mature without alternation of generation (metagenesis).

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide | Augusta Foote Arnold
  • strobila, stro-bī′la, n. a discomedusan at the stage succeeding the scyphistoma: a segmented tapeworm.

  • But in the case of the strobila we say that it is not changed, but dies, and is no part of the personality of the medusa.

    Life and Habit | Samuel Butler
  • The segmentation of the strobila is very indistinct, but the reproductive organs occur at regular intervals.

    Parasites | T. Spencer Cobbold

British Dictionary definitions for strobila


/ (ˈstrəʊbɪlə) /

nounplural -bilae (-bɪliː)
  1. the body of a tapeworm, consisting of a string of similar segments (proglottides)

  2. a less common name for scyphistoma

Origin of strobila

C19: from New Latin, from Greek strobilē plug of lint twisted into a cone shape, from strobilos a fir cone

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012