Meaning of acephal in English:

acephal

noun

  • 1Christian Church
    = Acephalian . Also: †a priest who is not subject to the authority of a bishop (obsolete rare). Usually with capital initial.

  • 2 rare An (imaginary) headless animal or person. Compare acephali .

Pronunciation

acephal

/(ˌ)eɪˈsɛfl/ /(ˌ)eɪˈkɛfl/

adjective

rare
  • Having or recognizing no ruler, head, or chief; = "acephalous".

Pronunciation

acephal

/(ˌ)eɪˈsɛfl/ /(ˌ)eɪˈkɛfl/

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. As noun from post-classical Latin acephali, plural; as adjective from classical Latin acephalus.