scy·​phis·​to·​ma sī-ˈfi-stə-mə How to pronounce scyphistoma (audio)
plural scyphistomae sī-ˈfi-stə-(ˌ)mē How to pronounce scyphistoma (audio) also scyphistomas
: a sexually produced scyphozoan larva that ultimately repeatedly constricts transversely to form free-swimming medusae

Word History


New Latin, from Latin scyphus cup + Greek stoma mouth — more at stomach entry 1

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scyphistoma was in 1861

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“Scyphistoma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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