from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having no mouth or oral opening.
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- adj. Having no mouth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not possessing a mouth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not possessing a mouth; specifically, belonging or pertaining to the Astomata.
- In botany, without an aperture; specifically, without stomata or breathing-pores.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having no mouth or mouthlike opening
The pupae of the Cirripedia (Figure 57), which are likewise astomatous, agree completely in all these parts with those of the Rhizocephala, even to the minutest details of the segmentation and bristling of the natatory feet; * they are especially distinguished from them by the possession of a pair of composite eyes.
Rhizocephala, being astomatous, cannot of course live long as Nauplii, and in the course of only a few days they become transformed into equally astomatous "pupae," as Darwin calls them.
The Rhizocephala remain astomatous; they lose all their limbs completely, and appear as sausage-like, sack-shaped or discoidal excrescences of their host, filled with ova (Figures 59 and 60); from the point of attachment closed tubes, ramified like roots, sink into the interior of the host, twisting round its intestine, or becoming diffused among the sac-like tubes of its liver.
Nauplius-like form, inasmuch as the plump, oval, astomatous body bears two pairs of simple rowing feet, and behind these, as traces of the third pair, two inflations furnished each with a long seta, but that beneath this Nauplius-skin a very different larva lies ready prepared, which in a few hours bursts its clumsy envelope and then makes its appearance in a form "which agrees in the segmentation of the body and in the development of the extremities with the first Cyclops-stage"