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Meaning of MEDUSA

Pronunciation:  mu'doosu, mu'doosu

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one of two forms that coelenterates take: is the free-swimming sexual stage in the life cycle of a coelenterate and has a gelatinous umbrella-shaped body and tentacles
  2. [n]  any of numerous usually marine and free-swimming coelenterates that constitute the sexually reproductive forms of hydrozoans and scyphozoans
  3. [n]  (Greek mythology) a woman transformed into a Gorgon by Athena; she was slain by Perseus

MEDUSA is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: jellyfish, medusan
 See Also: Aegina, Chrysaora quinquecirrha, Cnidaria, cnidarian, Coelenterata, coelenterate, Gorgon, phylum Cnidaria, phylum Coelenterata



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Me*du"sa\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?.]
1. (Class. Myth.) The Gorgon; or one of the Gorgons whose
   hair was changed into serpents, after which all who looked
   upon her were turned into stone.

2. [pl. {Medusae}.] (Zo["o]l.) Any free swimming acaleph; a

Note: The larger medus[ae] belong to the Discophora, and are
      sometimes called {covered-eyed medus[ae]}; others,
      known as {naked-eyed medus[ae]}, belong to the
      Hydroidea, and are usually developed by budding from
      hidroids. See {Discophora}, {Hydroidea}, and

{Medusa bud} (Zo["o]l.), one of the buds of a hydroid,
   destined to develop into a gonophore or medusa. See
   {Athecata}, and {Gonotheca}.

{Medusa's head}.
   (a) (Zo["o]l.) An astrophyton.
   (b) (Astron.) A cluster of stars in the constellation
       Perseus. It contains the bright star Algol.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing Medusa in your dream means cunningness.
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