medusa's head


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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History and Etymology for medusa's head

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

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“Medusa's head.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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