from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A stinging jellyfish, especially a scyphozoan (Dactylometra quinquecirrha) of the tropical Atlantic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A jellyfish, or medusa.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A jellyfish, or medusa.
  • n. a medusa.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A jellyfish; any acaleph that stings or urticates when touched.


Because of its sting. See nettleĀ ("stinging plant"). (Wiktionary)


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