medusa's head

noun

Definition of medusa's head

1 :an edible hedgehog mushroom (Hydnum caput-medusae) with interwoven hymenial spines
2 :an African euphorbia (Euphorbia caput-medusae) with numerous drooping slender branches
3 :a weedy rye grass (Elymus caput-medusae) having long bristling awns

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Origin and Etymology of medusa's head

after Medusa, one of the three Gorgons, whose hair was said to have been turned into snakes


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