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Definition of the adjective acephalous

What does acephalous mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. lacking a head or a clearly defined head

Alternative definition of the adjective acephalous


  1. See Headless.
  2. [zoology] Without a distinct head; -- a term applied to bivalve mollusks.
  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 - Brande

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Google previewDictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (2012)

by J. A. Cuddon

acephalous. (Gk 'headless') A metrical line whose first syllable, according to strict meter, is wanting. An iambic line with a monosyllabic first foot would be acephalous. acervatio. (L 'heaping together') A term used by the Roman rhetorician ...

Google previewMidline Medical Dictionary (2002)

by P. S. Rawat

Acephalous 22 Acephalous. Without a head; headless; acephalus. 3Tsiri, 3 fort, sinifra, firméra Acephalus. See Acephalous. Acephaly. See Acephalia. Acerate. Sharp-pointed. JSEIT, RI HRE art Aceratosis. A lack of horny tissues. Jinwrān; Jim ...

Google previewDictionary Of Sociology

by Subberwal

Acephalous (also called Stateless) and Cephalous A3 acculturation was transforming local traditions as they were coming in contact with the so called civilised people in USA. Later studies on acculturation are associated with W.J. McGee, ...

Google previewThe Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought (1999)

by Alan Bullock

acephalous. 'Headless'. In anthropology, a term applied to societies without centralized political organization or a recognized head. The term was developed by Evans-Pritchard and Fortes ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (2015)

by Chris Baldick

acephalous. [asefălŭs] The Greek word for 'headless', applied to a metrical verse line that lacks the first syllable expected according to regular ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology (2002)

by Dr Alan Barnard, Jonathan Spencer

acephalous Literally 'without a head'. Acephalous societies are those in which groups operate without formally recognized leaders. They include ffoi"gi»g and ...

Google previewThe Routledge Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology (2009)

by Alan Barnard, Jonathan Spencer

The usefulnessof Gluckman's schema extendssimilarly to acephalous societies where,inthe absenceofa central ruler, rights over land revert up to the groupsasa whole.This model is confirmed in J. Goody's analysis (1980) of conflicts over ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica; Or A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1823)

Some modern travellers still pretend to find acephalous people in America. Several opinions have been framed as to the origin of the fable of the Acephali.

Google previewA Pentaglot Dictionary of the Terms Employed in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology... (1845)

by Shirley Palmer

an acephalous foetus: in Zoology, to the animals composing one of Cuvier's divisions of the Class Mollusea, characterized by the absence of a head. The oyster and mussel are familiar examples of the acephalous ...

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Video shows what acephalous means. Headless. Without a distinct head.. Having the style spring from the base, instead of from the apex, as is the case in ...

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