nounpl. -·mae· or -·mas
Origin of scyphistomaModern Latin from Classical Latin scyphus, cup (see scyphus) + Classical Greek stoma, mouth (see stoma)
nounpl. scy·phis·to·mae, or scy·phis·to·mas
Origin of scyphistomaNew LatinGreek skuphos cup Greek stoma mouth
(plural scyphistomas or scyphistomae or scyphistomata)
- (zoology) The young attached larva of Discophora in the stage when it resembles a hydroid, or actinian.
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From Ancient Greek a cup + the mouth.