Origin of zoon
OTHER WORDS FROM zoonzo·on·al [zoh-uh-nl], /ˈzoʊ ə nl/, adjective
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Origin of -zoon
WORDS THAT USE -ZOON
What does -zoon mean?
The combining form -zoon is used like a suffix meaning “animal” or “organism.” It is occasionally used in scientific terms, particularly to refer to a single member of classes in zoology. In zoology, class has a specific meaning that refers to taxonomy.
The form -zoon comes from Greek zôion, meaning “animal.” The word zoo also ultimately comes from this Greek root. Zoo is shortened from zoological garden.
What are variants of -zoon?
In some instances, -zoa is made singular by adding an -n to the end of the word, rather than using the combining form -zoon, as in sporozoan.
Examples of -zoon
An example of a scientific term that features the form -zoon is ectozoon, “any animal parasite, as the louse, that lives on the surface of its host.”
The combining form ecto- means “outside” or “external,” from Greek ektós. As we have seen, -zoon means “organism.” Ectozoon literally translates to “external organism.”
What are some words that use the combining form –zoon?
- epizoon (using the equivalent form of -zoon in Latin)
- protozoon (using the equivalent form of -zoon in Latin)
- spermatozoon (using the equivalent form of -zoon in Latin)
What are some other forms that –zoon may be commonly confused with?
How to use zoon in a sentence
Lay hold on the poor devil, right end foremost, zoon as I have stopped uns praching.Cripps, the Carrier|R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore
He gave Hyde both hands; he called him "mijn zoon;" he stooped, and put the little lad's arms around his neck.The Bow of Orange Ribbon|Amelia E. Barr
I wudden trouble, Maaster Jasper; ship c'n nibble a lot on a dewy mornin', and we sh'll git rain zoon, I reck'n.The Birthright|Joseph Hocking
Zummat occurred betwixt us, and Phil was zoon on the ground under me.Three Courses and a Dessert|Anonymous
Thee zhut thee eyes an' walk about a bit, an' thee'll zoon get down!Mr. Punch's Country Life|Various