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[zoh-ee-uh] /zoʊˈi ə/
noun, plural zoeae
[zoh-ee-ee] /zoʊˈi i/ (Show IPA),
zoeas. Zoology.
any of the free-swimming larva of certain crustaceans, as the crab, having rudimentary legs and a spiny carapace.
Origin of zoea
1820-30; < New Latin, equivalent to Greek zō(ḗ) life + New Latin -ea -ea
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zoeal, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) zoeae, zoaeae (zəʊˈiːiː) zoeas, zoaeas
the free-swimming larva of a crab or related crustacean, which has well-developed abdominal appendages and may bear one or more spines
Word Origin
C20: New Latin, from Greek zōē life
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