A*ceph"a*lous (#), a. [See Acephal.]

1.

Headless.

2. Zool.

Without a distinct head; -- a term applied to bivalve mollusks.

3. Bot.

Having the style spring from the base, instead of from the apex, as is the case in certain ovaries.

4.

Without a leader or chief.

5.

Wanting the beginning.

A false or acephalous structure of sentence. De Quincey.

6. Pros.

Deficient and the beginning, as a line of poetry.

Brande.

 

© Webster 1913.

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