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  • n. Any of a group of Catholic martyrs who were supposed to carry their heads in their hands.
  • n. The family of mollusks with distinct heads.
  • n. The family of ventricose and filiform mushrooms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cephalophoran.

Etymologies

From French céphalophore, from Ancient Greek Κηφᾶς (Kēphâs) + -phore, from Ancient Greek -φορος (-phoros, "bearing"), a derivative of φέρειν (phérein, "to bear, to carry") (Wiktionary)

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  • An iconographic term. The cephalophore in religious (esp. medieval Christian) art is a beheaded saint who displays his severed head to an audience.

    December 12, 2006