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medusa British & World English

A free-swimming sexual form of a coelenterate such as a jellyfish, typically having an umbrella-shaped body with stinging tentacles around the edge. In some species, medusae are a phase in the life cycle which alternates with a polypoid phase

Medusa British & World English

The only mortal gorgon, whom Perseus killed by cutting off her head

medusa fish British & World English

A fish of the cool temperate waters of the North Pacific, the young of which typically accompany jellyfishes and may feed on their tentacles

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