Acephalous A*ceph"a*lous, a. [See {Acephal}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Headless. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Without a distinct head; -- a term applied to bivalve mollusks. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) Having the style spring from the base, instead of from the apex, as is the case in certain ovaries. [1913 Webster]

4. Without a leader or chief. [1913 Webster]

5. Wanting the beginning. [1913 Webster]

A false or acephalous structure of sentence. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

6. (Pros.) Deficient at the beginning, as a line of poetry. --Brande. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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