cephalophore

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English[edit]

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Saint Denis of Paris, a cephalophore (saint depicted carrying their head).

Etymology[edit]

From French céphalophore, from Ancient Greek Κηφᾶς (Kēphâs) + -phore, from Ancient Greek -φορος (-phoros, bearing), a derivative of φέρω (phérō, I bear, I carry)

Noun[edit]

cephalophore (plural cephalophores)

  1. (Roman Catholicism) any of a group of saints depicted in art carrying heads in their hands.
    Similarly, it is clear that the whole company of martyrs, of whom legend relates that they carried their heads after death, the céphalophores, arose from a widely known form of iconography.
    Gordon Hall Gerould, Saints' Legends (1916), p. 51
    Likely referencing an article by Marcel Hébert, "Les martyrs céphalophores Euchaire, in Elophe et Libaire", in Revue de l'Université de Bruxelles, v. 19 (1914).
  2. (obsolete) The family of mollusks with distinct heads.
  3. (obsolete) The family of ventricose and filiform mushrooms.