Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In conchology, having a head, as most mollusks; of or pertaining to the Encephala: an epithet applied to mollusks, excepting the Lamellibranchia, which are said, in distinction, to be acephalous.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Having a head; -- said of most Mollusca; -- opposed to
“The child was an encephalous monster, with the extremities rigidly flexed and the fingers clenched, the feet almost sole to sole.”
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