Definition of ephyra in English:

ephyra

Line breaks: eph¦yra
Pronunciation: /ˈɛfɪrə
 
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noun (plural ephyrae /-riː/)

Zoology
  • A larval jellyfish, after separation from the scyphistoma.
    More 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.

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