acalephae

Acalephae

Ac`a*le"ph[ae]\, n. pl. [NL., from Gr. ?, a nettle.] A group of C[oe]lenterata, including the Medus[ae] or jellyfishes, and hydroids; -- so called from the stinging power they possess. Sometimes called sea nettles.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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