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nounPlural scyphistomas, Plural scyphistomaeZoology
The fixed polyplike stage in the life cycle of a jellyfish, which reproduces asexually by budding (strobilation).
- ‘A larva metamorphoses into a small polyp termed the scyphistoma.’
Late 19th century: from Latin scyphus ‘cup’ + Greek stoma ‘mouth’.
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