Acephala

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Etymology[edit]

New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀκέφαλος (aképhalos, headless). See Acephal

Proper noun[edit]

Acephala

  1. (obsolete) A taxonomic class within the phylum Mollusca — the Bivalvia.
    • 1854, Philip Henry Gosse, Natural History, page 57:
      Naturalists arrange the Mollusca in six classes, named Cephalopoda, Pteropoda, Gasteropoda, Conchifera, Brachiopoda, and Tunicata. Of these the first three are sometimes distinguished as Encephala, or furnished with a head; the last three as Acephala, being destitute of that organ.

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