Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A larva of a scyphozoan, consisting of a very small sessile polyp that successively splits off free-swimming medusas.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A generic name applied by Sars to certain Polyps, under a misapprehension; hence, the actinula or fixed embryo of some hydrozoans, as a discophoran, which multiplies agamogenetically by budding, and gives rise to permanent colonies of hydriform polyps; an ephyra. See Scyphomedusæ, and cut under strobila. Also scyphistome, scyphostome.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The young attached larva of Discophora in the stage when it resembles a hydroid, or actinian.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun zoology The young attached larva of Discophora in the stage when it resembles a hydroid, or actinian.

Etymologies

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

[New Latin : Greek skuphos, cup + Greek stoma, mouth.]

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From Ancient Greek a cup + the mouth.

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