Definition of ephyra in English:

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ephyra

Pronunciation: /ˈefərə/

noun (plural ephyrae /-ˌrē/)

Zoology
A larval jellyfish, after it has separated from the scyphistoma.
Example sentences
  • Rhopalial statocysts in hydromedusae and in developing ephyrae of the scyphomedusa, Aurelia aurita, are known to be used for orientation or a ‘righting’ response.
  • The strobila may look like a stack of saucers, the saucers being the immature medusae called ephyrae.

Origin

Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek Ephura, denoting a Nereid and an Oceanid.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: eph·y·ra

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