- Zool. having no part of the body differentiated as the head
- having no leader
Origin of acephalousLate Latin acephalus from Classical Greek akephalos from a-, without + kephal?, head: see cephalic
- Biology Headless or lacking a clearly defined head: acephalous worms.
- Having no leader.
Origin of acephalousFrom Medieval Latin acephalus from Greek akephalos a- without ; see a- 1. kephalē head ; see -cephalous .
(comparative more acephalous, superlative most acephalous)
- (zoology) Without a distinct head; -- a term applied to bivalve mollusks.
- (botany) Having the style spring from the base, instead of from the apex, as is the case in certain ovaries
- Without a leader or chief.
- Wanting the beginning
- (prosody) Deficient in the beginning, as a line of poetry that is missing its expected opening syllable - Brande
From French acéphale, from Ancient Greek ἀκέφαλος (akephalos, “headless”), from ἀ- (a-, “not”) + κεφαλή (kephalē, “head”).