noun (plural ephyrae /ˈɛfɪriː/)Zoology
A larval jellyfish, after separation from the scyphistoma.
- 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.
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek Ephura, denoting a Nereid and an Oceanid.
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