Definition of scyphistoma in English:

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Pronunciation: /sīˈfistəmə/

noun (plural scyphistomae /-ˌmē/ /-ˌmī/ or scyphistomas)

The fixed polyplike stage in the life cycle of a jellyfish, which reproduces asexually by budding (strobilation).
Example sentences
  • A larva metamorphoses into a small polyp termed the scyphistoma.


Late 19th century: from Latin scyphus 'cup' + Greek stoma 'mouth'.

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Syllabification: scy·phis·to·ma

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