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cephalophore (plural cephalophores)
- (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).
- (obsolete) The family of mollusks with distinct heads.
- (obsolete) The family of ventricose and filiform mushrooms.