Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A people reported by Herodotus and Josephus to have no or removable heads.
  • n. : Bishops and certain clergymen not under regular diocesan control.
  • n. A class of levelers in the time of King Henry I.
  • n. Plural form of acephalus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. A fabulous people reported by ancient writers to have heads.
  • n.pl.
  • n.pl. A Christian sect without a leader.
  • n.pl. Bishops and certain clergymen not under regular diocesan control.
  • n.pl. A class of levelers in the time of K. Henry I.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Literally, those who have no head or chief.
  • A class of levelers, mentioned in the laws of Henry I. of England, who would acknowledge no head or superior.
  • A fabulous nation in Africa, reported by ancient writers to have no heads: identified by some with the Blemmyes, a historical race.

Etymologies

Late Latin, plural of acephalus. See acephal (Wiktionary)

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