Other definitions for zoa (2 of 2)
Origin of -zoa
WORDS THAT USE -ZOA
What does -zoa mean?
The combining form –zoa is used like a suffix meaning “animals” or “organisms.” It is occasionally used in scientific terms, particularly to name classes in zoology. In zoology, class has a specific meaning that refers to taxonomy.
The form –zoa comes from Greek zôia, meaning “animals.” The word zoo also ultimately comes from this Greek root. Zoo is shortened from zoological garden.
What are variants of –zoa?
While –zoa doesn’t have any variants, it is related to the form –zoon, which is the singular form of –zoa, as in protozoon.
When combined as a prefix, –zoa becomes zoo– or zo–, as in zooplankton or zooid. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for zoo-, zo-, and –zoon.
Examples of -zoa
One example of a scientific term that features –zoa is Protozoa, “a major grouping or superphylum of the kingdom Protista, comprising the protozoans.” Protozoans are single-celled organisms like amoebas. Protozoa comes from a New Latin term that uses the equivalent form of –zoa in that language.
The proto– part of the word means “first” or “earliest form of.” The –zoa part of the word means “organisms.” Protozoa literally translates to “earliest form of organisms.”
What are some words that use the combining form –zoa?
- epizoa (using the equivalent form of –zoa in Latin)
- Metazoa (using the equivalent form of –zoa in Latin)
- spermatozoa (using the equivalent form of –zoa in Latin)
- Sporozoa (using the equivalent form of –zoa in Latin)
What are some other forms that –zoa may be commonly confused with?
How to use zoa in a sentence
But that risk pales compared to the risk of AIPAC becoming ECI or ZOA.Why AIPAC Won't Fight Hagel|Peter Beinart|January 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In the majority of the Decapoda the larva leaves the egg in a form known as the Zoa (fig. 210).
The next stage (fig. 215) at any rate represents the commencement of the Zoa series.
Amongst the other Macrura the larva generally leaves the egg as a Zoa similar to that of the prawns.
Before the close of the Zoa condition a small and unjointed palp appears on the mandible.
In Penus the larv are of comparatively simple form, but in the allied genus Sergestes the zoa has a very remarkable appearance.The Life of Crustacea|William Thomas Calman