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 (kôr′ə-fē′əs, kŏr′-)
n. pl. cor·y·phae·i (-fē′ī′)
1. The leader of a Greek chorus.
2. A leader or spokesperson.

[Latin, leader, from Greek koruphaios, from koruphē, head; see ker- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˌkɒrɪˈfiːəs) or


n, pl -phaei (-ˈfiːaɪ)
1. (Theatre) (in ancient Greek drama) the leader of the chorus
2. archaic or literary a leader of a group
[C17: from Latin, from Greek koruphaios leader, from koruphē summit]


(ˌkɔr əˈfi əs, ˌkɒr-)

n., pl. -phae•i (-ˈfi aɪ)
1. the leader of the chorus in ancient Greek drama.
2. a spokesperson.
[1625–35; < Latin < Greek koryphaîos leading, derivative of koryph(ḗ) head, top]


- A Greek word meaning "chief," for the leader of a party, sect, school of thought, etc.
See also related terms for leader.
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Head narrower than thorax, projecting in front of eyes, coryphe (~vertex) broad.
Coryphe broad and projected anterior to eyes, fastigium carinate and strongly inflected, posterior margin of coryphe concave.
Color Body pale dull yellowish (possibly greenish in life; Muir 1931) with reddish mid-dorsal red to brown stripe following median carinae of coryphe and pronotum, weaker on midline mesonotum and commissural margin of forewings.
Metope wide, flat, joint with coryphe at obtuse angle (in lateral view), with median carina running through post- and anteclypeus and sublateral carinae (Figs 2, 3, 11).
Comparison: As judged by the wide metope with median carina, narrow coryphe, and squat body, the new genus is closely related to the genera Gamergus Stal, 1859 and Gamergomorphus Melichar, 1906 from southern Africa.
6); coryphe very transverse and narrow (rather elongate and wide in Alleloplasis); pedicel nearly globular (cylindrical elongate in Alleloplasis).
6%), seguida de Epialtus bituberculatus (16%), Mithraculus coryphe (15.
En esta asociacion se registraron cinco especies caracteristicas para los tres sitios de muestreo, destacandose Mithraculus coryphe, Mithraculus forceps, Petrolisthes armatus, Pilumnus dasypodus y Panopeus americanus, comunes para bosques de manglar, praderas marinas y cespedes algales (Tabla 5); estos ecosistemas aportan elementos esenciales para el desarrollo de macroalgas como Gracilaria damaecornis, G.
0 0 0 0 Hippolyte pleuracanthus 0 0 0 0 Mithracidae Microphrys bicornutus 4 0 2 0 Mithraculus coryphe 20 26 33 0 Mithraculus forceps 3 7 35 0 Grapsidae Grapsus grapsus 0 0 0 0 Pachygrapsus gracilis 0 0 0 0 Pachygrapsus transversus 0 0 0 11 Epialtidae Acanthonyx petiverii 4 0 1 5 Epialtus bituberculatus 38 18 25 143 Diogenidae Clibanarius antillensis 6 11 0 0 Calcinus tibicen 0 0 0 0 Palaemonidae Periclimenes longicaudatus 0 0 2 0 Periclimenes americanus 3 0 0 0 Menippidae Menippe nodifrons 0 0 0 1 Palinuridae Panulirus sp.
coryphe, Platyactaea setigera) y se observo que estos se alimentan de forma considerable de las algas rojas (Gracilaria cornea y G.
At the Maryinsky, his official status was that of coryphe (one rank below soloist), yet he partnered Kschessinska in his first season, and later Pavlova, Preobrajenska, and Lubov Egorova.