Definition of scyphistoma in English:


Line breaks: scy|phis¦toma
Pronunciation: /sʌɪˈfistəmə
, skʌɪ-, skɪ-/

noun (plural scyphistomae /-miː/ or scyphistomas)

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


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

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