One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having or recognizing no ruler, head, or chief; leaderless.
2Of a book, manuscript, or piece of writing: lacking a beginning.
3Lacking a head, headless; (Medicine) of, relating to, or affected with acephaly.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blount (1618–1679), antiquary and lexicographer. From classical Latin acephalus or its etymon ancient Greek ἀκέϕαλος + -ic. Compare post-classical Latin acephalicus.
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