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

  • n. The tentacled, usually bell-shaped, free-swimming sexual stage in the life cycle of a coelenterate, such as a jellyfish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Special form that cnidarians may turn into.


Latin Medūsa, Medusa (from the Medusa's snaky locks); see Medusa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • jellyfish, en castellano.

    March 18, 2009

  • "The Wake of the Medusa" is a song by the Pogues. I think they're singing about the famous ship Medusa, but seeing as the ship was named after the woman, I figured it counts as a songbird. Snake-like hair notwithstanding.

    February 10, 2008