Definition of scyphistoma in English:

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Pronunciation: /sʌɪˈfistəmə/
Pronunciation: /skʌɪˈfistəmə/ Pronunciation: /skɪˈfistəmə/

noun (plural scyphistomae /sʌɪˈfistəmiː/ /skʌɪˈfistəmiː/ or scyphistomas)

The fixed polyp-like 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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