• Jellyfish
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n jellyfish any of numerous usually marine and free-swimming coelenterates that constitute the sexually reproductive forms of hydrozoans and scyphozoans
    • n jellyfish large siphonophore having a bladderlike float and stinging tentacles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Jellyfish have been on Earth for over 650 million years. This is before sharks and dinosaurs
    • n Jellyfish (Zoöl) Any one of the acalephs, esp. one of the larger species, having a jellylike appearance. See Medusa and acaleph.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The head of a jellyfish is called the "Bell."
    • n jellyfish A popular name of many kinds of acalephs, medusas, sea-blubbers, or sea-nettles: so called from the soft, gelatinous structure. As commonly used, the name applies especially to those discophorous hvdrozoans which have an umbrella-like disk, by the pulsation of which, or its alternate dilatation and contraction, they are propelled through the water, trailing long appendages, which have the property of nettling or stinging; when they are touched. Jellyfish are often found swimming in shoals in summer, to the great annoyauce of bathers. The different genera and species are very numerous. Some of the ctenophorans or comb-jellies are also called by this name. See Acalephœ, Discophora, Hydrozoa.
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In literature:

Its eyes were jellyfish, its hair of seaweed, and the mouth was like a mussel.
"Eskimo Folktales" by Unknown
There we lay for some days watching the jellyfish and the gulls while one by one our number was increased to thirty-two.
"From the St. Lawrence to the Yser with the 1st Canadian brigade" by Frederic C. Curry
Here and there we passed a strange jellyfish, the like of which I had never before seen.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
He's honest enough, I think, but he hasn't got the brains of a well-developed jellyfish.
"The Camp Fire Girls in the Mountains" by Jane L. Stewart
Put not your trust in a moral jellyfish!
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
A gigantic jellyfish, that's what it was, a hundred miles across!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
But the diminutive cousin in the grotto with the jellyfishes is a bird of quite another feather.
"A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
You're a fine jellyfish, you are.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
On the flat sandbank they found at least a dozen large jellyfish, left stranded by the tide.
"A Fourth Form Friendship" by Angela Brazil
Now the jellyfish pursues a most amiable theory of life, being harmless, humorous, and decorative.
"Where the Pavement Ends" by John Russell
And these vile things could sting like a jellyfish!
"Astounding Stories, August, 1931" by Various
Imagine this mass, which has no more consistency than a jellyfish, now again putting forth three little tentacles, resembling hands.
"The Three Eyes" by Maurice Leblanc
A spineless jellyfish must give place to it.
"Edgar Saltus: The Man" by Marie Saltus
The spineless jellyfish class at twenty-two-fifty per is your limit there.
"The Sin of Monsieur Pettipon" by Richard Connell
Crazy jellyfish with jellyfish hearts, jellyfish brains.
"Gargoyles" by Ben Hecht
I am afraid, ladies and gentlemen, the only flowers I can name with absolute certainty are sea anemones and jellyfish.
"A Drake by George!" by John Trevena
No amount of assistance will give a jellyfish a backbone.
"Salvation Syrup; Or, Light On Darkest England" by G. W. Foote
In fine-grained limestones even the imprints of jellyfish have been retained.
"The Elements of Geology" by William Harmon Norton
Not all medusae or jellyfish are produced by polyp individuals, nor do jellyfish always produce polyps and not jellyfishes.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg
The ol' jellyfish wouldn't 'a' had the nerve to inform without backin', as sure as a stone wall.
"Langford of the Three Bars" by Kate Boyles

In poetry:

The swimmer's torso dilates out diagonally.
Two outstretched arms line up alongside one another.
The swimmer's heart is sheer see-through like a jellyfish,
The swimmer's eyes hears bells ringing,
The swimmer's mind sees the moon above water.
"The Swimmer" by Sakutaro Hagiwara

In news:

In case of a painful jellyfish sting, there are a few different home remedies you can try.
Artificial jellyfish made of rat cells and silicone.
The robot jellyfish (R) swims through water just like a real jellyfish.
'We Took a Rat Apart and Rebuilt It as a Jellyfish'.
The jellyfish mimic, named Medusoid CALTECH AND HARVARD UNIVERSITY.
Swimming jellyfish built out of rat cells, silicone.
Jellyfish Bar Gets Girly with Estrogen Festival.
Posts Tagged ' Jellyfish Bar.
When you step foot in the surf, you run the risk of the sting of sea nettles, sea wasps or other jellyfish .
Humans will be immortal if we can solve the mystery of a regenerating jellyfish , claims the scientist leading research into the species.
SC beaches infested with stinging jellyfish .
Jellyfish stings at Oceanside beaches have been minimal to nonexistent before.
' Jellyfish Dreams' a bizarre, entertaining adventure.
HONOLULU — Warning signs have been posted on several Oahu beaches after more than 100 swimmers were stung by box jellyfish .
Jellyfish at the Shedd.