Also, acephalic
[ey-suh-fal-ik] /ˌeɪ səˈfæl ɪk/ (Show IPA). Zoology. headless; lacking a distinct head.
without a leader or ruler.
having no head or one that is reduced and indistinct, as certain insect larvae
having or recognizing no ruler or leader

“headless,” 1731, from French acéphale + -ous, or directly from Late Latin acephalus, from Greek akephalos, from a- “not” + kephale “head” (see cephalo-).


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