acephalous

[ey-sef-uh-luhs]
adjective
1.
Also, acephalic [ey-suh-fal-ik] . Zoology. headless; lacking a distinct head.
2.
without a leader or ruler.

Origin:
1725–35; < Greek aképhalos; see a-6, -cephalous

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acephalous (əˈsɛfələs)
 
adj
1.  having no head or one that is reduced and indistinct, as certain insect larvae
2.  having or recognizing no ruler or leader
 
[C18: via Medieval Latin from Greek akephalos. See a-1, -cephalic]

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acephalous
"headless," 1731, from Fr. acéphale, from L.L. acephalus, from Gk. akephalos, from a- "not" + kephale "head."
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Example sentences
Tribal organization is therefore acephalous or without a paramount chief.
The system is acephalous in which there is no clearly defined leader or hierarchy.
Darwins acephalous method of gathering his facts to his equally characteristic and truncated method of explaining them.
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