scyphistoma

noun
scy·​phis·​to·​ma | \ sī-ˈfi-stə-mə How to pronounce scyphistoma (audio) \
plural scyphistomae\ sī-​ˈfi-​stə-​(ˌ)mē How to pronounce scyphistomae (audio) \ also scyphistomas

Definition of scyphistoma

: a sexually produced scyphozoan larva that ultimately repeatedly constricts transversely to form free-swimming medusae

First Known Use of scyphistoma

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scyphistoma

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

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“Scyphistoma.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scyphistoma. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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