Medusa meaning

mĭ-do͝osə, -zə, -dyo͝o-
A body form of certain cnidarians such as jellyfish, consisting of a dome-shaped structure with a mouth underneath surrounded by tentacles, and in most species constituting the free-swimming sexual stage of the organism.
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The Gorgon who was killed by Perseus.
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A cnidarian in its free-swimming stage. Medusas are bell-shaped, with tentacles hanging down around a central mouth. Jellyfish are medusas, while corals and sea anemones lack a medusa stage and exist only as polyps.
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(gr. myth., person) One of the three Gorgons, slain by Perseus.
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(zoology) A non-polyp form of individual cnidarians, consisting of a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell and trailing tentacles.
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(Greek mythology): The only mortal of the three gorgon sisters. She is killed by Perseus. The other two sisters were Euryale and Stheno.
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Origin of medusa

  • Middle English Meduse from Latin Medūsa from Greek Medousa from feminine present participle of medein to protect, rule over med- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin Medūsa Medusa (from the Medusa's snaky locks) Medusa

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek Μέδουσα (Medousa).

    From Wiktionary