a combining form meaning “animals,” “organisms” of the kind specified by the initial element, used in the names of classes in zoology: Protozoa.

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Origin of -zoa

< New Latin < Greek zôia, plural of zôion animal; see zoon
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British Dictionary definitions for -zoa


suffix forming plural proper nouns

indicating groups of animal organismsMetazoa

Word Origin for -zoa

from New Latin, from Greek zōia, plural of zōion animal, living being
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