Definitions

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  • n. Group of Coelenterata (obsolete), including the medusae or jellyfishes, and hydroids; so called from the stinging power they possess.

Etymologies

New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀκαλήφη (akalēphē, "stinging nettle"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Very similar again to the Acalephae are the Starfishes.

    On the Parts of Animals

  • The Acalephae, or Sea-nettles, as they are variously called, are not Testacea at all, but lie outside the recognized groups.

    On the Parts of Animals

  • I have the materials for a monograph upon the Acalephae and Hydrostatic Acalephae.

    The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley

  • I have the materials for a monograph upon the Acalephae and

    Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley — Volume 1

  • Linnaeus necessitated the breaking up of that class into several very distinct classes, so more careful investigation requires the breaking up of Cuvier's "Radiata" (which succeeded the "Vermes" as a sort of zoological lumber-room) into several very distinct and well-defined new classes, of which the Acalephae, Hydrostatic Acalephae, actinoid and hydroid polypes, will form one.

    Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley — Volume 1

  • That a great part of the larger and smaller groups into which this class is divided, might be regarded as satisfactorily established, was a further advantage not to be undervalued; whilst in two other classes with which I was familiar, namely, the Annelida and Acalephae, all the attempted arrangements could only be considered preliminary revisions.

    Facts and Arguments for Darwin

  • An exception to this rule is presented by the Hyperinae which usually live upon Acalephae.

    Facts and Arguments for Darwin

  • Polygastrica (infusory animalcules); Acalephae (sea-blubbers); and

    Theism: The Witness of Reason and Nature to an All-Wise and Beneficent Creator.

  • The waters swarm with countless hosts of small luminiferous animalcules, Mammaria (of the order of Acalephae),

    COSMOS: A Sketch of the Physical Description of the Universe, Vol. 1

  • It is not to be supposed that one could occupy one's self with the animals for so long without coming to some conclusion as to their systematic place, however subsidiary to observation such considerations must always be regarded, and it seems to me (although on such matters I can of course only speak with the greatest hesitation) that just as the more minute and careful observations made upon the old "Vermes" of Linnaeus necessitated the breaking up of that class into several very distinct classes, so more careful investigation requires the breaking up of Cuvier's "Radiata" (which succeeded the "Vermes" as a sort of zoological lumber-room) into several very distinct and well-defined new classes, of which the Acalephae, Hydrostatic Acalephae, actinoid and hydroid polypes, will form one.

    The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley

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