medusan

medusan

[muh-doo-suhn, -zuhn, -dyoo-]
adjective
1.
pertaining to a medusa or jellyfish.
noun
2.
a medusa or jellyfish.

Origin:
1840–50; medus(a) + -an

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medusa (mɪˈdjuːzə)
 
n , pl -sas, -sae
1.  jellyfish another name for jellyfish
2.  Compare polyp medusoid, Also called: medusan one of the two forms in which a coelenterate exists. It has a jelly-like umbrella-shaped body, is free swimming, and produces gametes
 
[C18: from the likeness of its tentacles to the snaky locks of Medusa]
 
me'dusan
 
adj
 
me'dusoid
 
adj, —n

Medusa (mɪˈdjuːzə)
 
n
Greek myth See also Pegasus a mortal woman who was transformed by Athena into one of the three Gorgons. Her appearance was so hideous that those who looked directly at her were turned to stone. Perseus eventually slew her
 
Me'dusan
 
adj

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