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acephalous


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Acephalous  \A*ceph"a*lous\,  a.  [See  {Acephal}.] 
  1.  Headless. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  Without  a  distinct  head;  --  a  term  applied  to 
  bivalve  mollusks. 
 
  3.  (Bot.)  Having  the  style  spring  from  the  base,  instead  of 
  from  the  apex,  as  is  the  case  in  certain  ovaries. 
 
  4.  Without  a  leader  or  chief. 
 
  5.  Wanting  the  beginning. 
 
  A  false  or  acephalous  structure  of  sentence.  --De 
  Quincey. 
 
  6.  (Pros.)  Deficient  and  the  beginning,  as  a  line  of  poetry. 
  --Brande. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  acephalous 
  adj  :  (biology)  lacking  a  head  or  a  clearly  defined  head; 
  "acephalous  worms" 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  ACEPHALOUS,  adj  In  the  surprising  condition  of  the  Crusader  who 
  absently  pulled  at  his  forelock  some  hours  after  a  Saracen  scimitar 
  had  unconsciously  to  him  passed  through  his  neck,  as  related  by  de 
  Joinville 
 
 




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