medusa

  1. noun
    (Greek mythology) a woman transformed into a Gorgon by Athena; she was slain by Perseus
  2. noun
    one of two forms that coelenterates take: is the free-swimming sexual stage in the life cycle of a coelenterate and has a gelatinous umbrella-shaped body and tentacles
  3. noun
    any of numerous usually marine and free-swimming coelenterates that constitute the sexually reproductive forms of hydrozoans and scyphozoans