Definition of ephyra in English:

ephyra

noun

Zoology
  • A larval jellyfish, after it has separated 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.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek Ephura, denoting a Nereid and an Oceanid.

Pronunciation

ephyra

/ˈefərə/