acephalous

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Etymology[edit]

From French acéphale, from Ancient Greek ἀκέφαλος ‎(aképhalos, headless), from ἀ- ‎(a-, not) + κεφαλή ‎(kephalḗ, head).

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acephalous ‎(comparative more acephalous, superlative most acephalous)

  1. Headless
  2. (zoology, applied to bivalve mollusks) Without a distinct head.
  3. (botany) 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
  6. (prosody) Deficient in the beginning, as a line of poetry that is missing its expected opening syllable
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