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acephalous

[ey-sef-uh-luh s] /eɪˈsɛf ə ləs/
adjective
1.
Also, acephalic
[ey-suh-fal-ik] /ˌeɪ səˈfæl ɪk/ (Show IPA)
. Zoology. headless; lacking a distinct head.
2.
without a leader or ruler.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; < Greek aképhalos; see a-6, -cephalous
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Examples for acephalous
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for acephalous

acephalous

/əˈsɛfələs/
adjective
1.
having no head or one that is reduced and indistinct, as certain insect larvae
2.
having or recognizing no ruler or leader
Word Origin
C18: via Medieval Latin from Greek akephalos. See a-1, -cephalic
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Word Origin and History for acephalous
adj.

"headless," 1731, from French acéphale + -ous, or directly from Late Latin acephalus, from Greek akephalos, from a- "not" + kephale "head" (see cephalo-).

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