Definition of acephalous
1 : lacking a head or having the head reduced
2 : lacking a governing head or chief
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The English word acephalous was borrowed from Medieval Latin, in which it meant "headless" and was chiefly used to describe clerics not under a bishop or lines of verse having the first foot missing or abbreviated. The fountainhead of these meanings is the Greek word kephalē, meaning "head." Other English descendants of kephalē include cephalic, meaning "of or relating to the head" or "directed toward or situated on or in or near the head," and encephalitis, meaning "inflammation of the brain."
Origin and Etymology of acephalous
Greek akephalos, from a- + kephalē head — more at cephalic
First Known Use: 1715
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