One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A larval jellyfish, after separation from the scyphistoma.
- ‘Rhopalial statocysts in hydromedusae and in developing ephyrae of the scyphomedusa, Aurelia aurita, are known to be used for orientation or a ‘righting’ response.’
- ‘The strobila may look like a stack of saucers, the saucers being the immature medusae called ephyrae.’
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek Ephura, denoting a Nereid and an Oceanid.
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