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Definition of the adjective acephalous

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  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 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 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 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 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 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 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 previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, or, Universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature (1810)

by John Wilkes (of Milland House, Sussex)

ACEPHALOUS, adj. [axsipa*®-, Gr.] Without a head. The term is more particularly used in speaking of certain nations, or people, represented by ancient naturalist) and cosmographers, as well as by some modern travellers, as formed w ithout ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Zoology (2003)

by Michael Allaby

acephalous one or other pole as it has lost its point of attachment to the *spindle. acephalous Lacking a distinct head. acetabulum The socket in the *pelvis into which the head ofthe *femur fits. acetylcholine (ACh) An acetyl ester of *choline ...

Google previewElsevier's Dictionary of Herpetological and Related Terminology (2005)

by D.C. Wareham

ACEPHALOUS Lacking a distinct head. The blind snakes (TYPHLOPIDAE) and the Calabar ground python Calabaria reinhardtii could be described as being acephalous. ACETYLCHOLINE A chemical neurotransmitter produced in the ...

Google previewLexicon Medicum: or, Medical Dictionary ... Fourth edition (1839)

by Robert HOOPER (M.D.), Klein Grant

Acephalous. \Vithout a head : applied to a lusus nature, or monster, born without a head. A'CER. (er, en's. n.) The name of a genus of plants in the Linnrean system. Class, Polygumin ,- Order, llomrcia. Aczlt caurzs'raz. The systematic name of ...

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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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