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.
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.
(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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