Medusa

Me*du"sa

(?), n. [L., fr. Gr. .] 1. (Class. Myth.) The Gorgon; or one of the Gorgons whose hair was changed into serpents, after which all who looked upon her were turned into stone.
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2.

[pl. Medusae ().]
(Zol.) Any free swimming acaleph; a jellyfish.
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The larger medus belong to the Discophora, and are sometimes called covered-eyed medus; others, known as naked-eyed medus, belong to the Hydroidea, and are usually developed by budding from hydroids. See Discophora, Hydroidea, and Hydromedusa.
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Medusa bud (Zol.), one of the buds of a hydroid, destined to develop into a gonophore or medusa. See Athecata, and Gonotheca. -- Medusa's head. (a) (Zol.) An astrophyton. (b) (Astron.) A cluster of stars in the constellation Perseus. It contains the bright star Algol.
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