Asaphus

noun
As·​a·​phus | \ ˈasəfəs \

Definition of Asaphus

: a genus of trilobites occurring abundantly in the Ordovician of northern Europe and having subequal cephala and pygidia

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for Asaphus

New Latin, irregular from Greek asaphēs indistinct, dim, from a- a- entry 2 + saphēs distinct, clear

Learn More About Asaphus

Dictionary Entries Near Asaphus

Asaphite

Asaphus

asarabacca

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Asaphus

Cite this Entry

“Asaphus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Asaphus. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!