American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Biology Headless or lacking a clearly defined head: acephalous worms.
- adj. Having no leader.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Without a head; headless: applied In zoology, particularly to the members of the class Acephala (which see): opposed to encephalous and cephalous.
- Without a leader or chief.
- Wanting a distinct beginning; indefinite in subject.
- adj. Headless
- adj. zoology Without a distinct head; -- a term applied to bivalve mollusks.
- adj. botany Having the style spring from the base, instead of from the apex, as is the case in certain ovaries
- adj. Without a leader or chief.
- adj. Wanting the beginning
- adj. prosody Deficient in the beginning, as a line of poetry that is missing its expected opening syllable - Brande
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Headless.
- adj. (Zoöl.) Without a distinct head; -- a term applied to bivalve mollusks.
- adj. (Bot.) Having the style spring from the base, instead of from the apex, as is the case in certain ovaries.
- adj. Without a leader or chief.
- adj. Wanting the beginning.
- adj. (Pros.) Deficient at the beginning, as a line of poetry.
- adj. lacking a head or a clearly defined head
- From French acéphale, from Ancient Greek ἀκέφαλος (akephalos, "headless"), from ἀ- ("not") + κεφαλή (kephalē, "head"). (Wiktionary)
- From Medieval Latin acephalus, from Greek akephalos : a-, without; see a-1 + kephalē, head; see -cephalous. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The state had been erected upon lessons learned through centuries trying to maintain peace within an insular acephalous tribal society with a penchant for infighting and was most functional when it resembled a "loose" confederation in which legislative and judicial powers were pushed down to the local level - a concept analogous to America's states' rights.”
“John: another of their great exchanges (about then Brave Jeff Francoeur) was preserved here at blog I can't link to, but if you Google "Hernandez awkward introductions acephalous" you can find it. keith hernandez and his dog, duncan”
“This excerpt sums up the modus operandi of a rogue vice presidency in an at-times acephalous executive branch:”
“On the one hand, by providing formerly acephalous societies with formal leaders and symbols of legitimate (that is, VOC-enforced) authority, the company managed to integrate these societies into a greater chain of command: Elders commanded villages, governor commanded elders, governor-general commanded governor, etc.”
“Note 53: As Blussé shows, the lack of headmen was a problem from the start for the missionaries, who found it nearly impossible to enforce Christian conduct in such an acephalous society.”
“The admirable phrase, “A man with a special subject,” might have been invented on purpose for these acephalous species in the domain of literature and politics.”
“A clumsy affair called a catamaran, the acephalous ancestor of the torpedo, was expected to relieve the sea of some thousands of people who had no business there.”
““Eaten him?” said the nightmare at his ear; and he sickened for an instant at the idea of rent, human remains absorbed and crushed into all that acephalous clockwork.”
“Eaten him?" said the nightmare at his ear; and he sickened for an instant at the idea of rent, human remains absorbed and crushed into all that acephalous clockwork.”
“In contrast, we know relatively little about acephalous societies, although the archaeological excavations at Igbo - Ukwe in southeastern Nigeria demonstrate that complex political organizations may have existed even in societies without rulers.”
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