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acephalous

[ā′sef·ə·ləs]
(botany)
Having the style originate at the base instead of at the apex of the ovary.
(zoology)
Lacking a head.

acephalous

(in SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY) (of a society) without formal leadership, e.g. with no provision for a chief or permanent political authority. See SEGMENTARY SOCIETIES, STATELESS SOCIETIES.
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In Acardiac Acephalic twin, the commonest type, head, upper torso and upper limbs are absent.
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Blanchot's La communaute inamuable is a small book commenting on Nancy's La communaute desoeuvree, in its relation to Bataille's "acephalic" community.
In The Awakening, Chopin's last and most ambitious literary endeavor, she questions many of the assumptions of the intellectual elite of her time, and, by so doing, she creates a prophetic narrative that anticipates the radical acephalic emphasis of modernity and post-structuralism.
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