noun (plural scyphistomae /sʌɪˈfistəmiː/ /skʌɪˈfistəmiː/ or scyphistomas)Zoology
The fixed polyp-like stage in the life cycle of a jellyfish, which reproduces asexually by budding (strobilation).
- A larva metamorphoses into a small polyp termed the scyphistoma.
Late 19th century: from Latin scyphus 'cup' + Greek stoma 'mouth'.
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