scyphistoma

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scy·phis·to·ma

 (sī-fĭs′tə-mə)
n. pl. scy·phis·to·mae (-mē) or scy·phis·to·mas
A larva of a scyphozoan, consisting of a very small sessile polyp that successively splits off free-swimming medusas.

[New Latin : Greek skuphos, cup + Greek stoma, mouth.]

scyphistoma

(saɪˈfɪstəmə)
n, pl -mae (-ˌmiː) or -mas
(Zoology) a sessile hydra-like individual representing the polyp stage of scyphozoans. It produces forms which become free-swimming jellyfish
[C19: from Greek skuphos cup + stoma]
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The quarter-deck now staged a lurid scene: that blazing trap-door in its midst; and each man there a naked demon madly working to save his roasting skin.
Never before, perhaps, was staged a more thrilling race, and yet it was run with only the moon and stars to see.
The spears were brandishing fiercely, and as the dancers stooped down and beat their shields upon the hard-tramped earth of the village street the whole sight was as terribly primeval and savage as though it were being staged in the dim dawn of humanity, countless ages in the past.
Collins staged the trick properly, as it would be staged in the theatre, even had ready and set up all the necessary apparatus, and himself acted as ringmaster while the prospective purchaser looked on.
Such an affair as the present, staged with a deftness that was almost beautiful, lay beyond her powers and those of her friends.
These scyphistomae originated from planulae produced by medusae collected in the Niantic River, Connecticut, in a location similar to that of Brewer (1989) and Brewer and Feingold (1991).
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