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a•ceph•a•lous  (ā sefə ləs),USA pronunciation adj. 
    Also,  a•ce•phal•ic  (ā′sə falik).USA pronunciation [Zool.]headless;
    lacking a distinct head.
  1. without a leader or ruler.
  • Greek aképhalos; see a-6, -cephalous
  • 1725–35

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acephalous /əˈsɛfələs/ adj
  1. having no head or one that is reduced and indistinct, as certain insect larvae
Etymology: 18th Century: via Medieval Latin from Greek akephalos. See a-1, -cephalic


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