From French acéphale, from Ancient Greek ἀκέφαλος (aképhalos, “headless”), from ἀ- (a-, “not”) + κεφαλή (kephalḗ, “head”). Synchronically, a- + -cephalous.
acephalous (comparative more acephalous, superlative most acephalous)
- (zoology, applied to bivalve mollusks) Without a distinct head.
- (botany) Having the style spring from the base, instead of from the apex, as is the case in certain ovaries
- Without a leader or chief.
- Wanting the beginning
- (prosody) Deficient in the beginning, as a line of poetry that is missing its expected opening syllable