zoa

[ zoh-uh ]
/ ˈzoʊ ə /

noun

plural of zoon.

Definition for zoa (2 of 3)

zoon

[ zoh-on ]
/ ˈzoʊ ɒn /

noun, plural zo·a [zoh-uh] /ˈzoʊ ə/. Biology Rare.

any of the individuals of a compound organism.
any individual, or the individuals collectively, produced from a single egg.

Origin of zoon

1860–65; < New Latin zōon < Greek zôion animal

Related forms

zo·on·al [zoh-uh-nl] /ˈzoʊ ə nl/, adjective

Definition for zoa (3 of 3)

-zoa


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

Origin of -zoa

< New Latin < Greek zôia, plural of zôion animal; see zoon
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for zoa

British Dictionary definitions for zoa (1 of 3)

zoa

/ (ˈzəʊə) /

noun

the plural of zoon

British Dictionary definitions for zoa (2 of 3)

-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

British Dictionary definitions for zoa (3 of 3)

zoon

/ (ˈzəʊɒn) /

noun plural zoa (ˈzəʊə) or zoons

a less common term for zooid (def. 1)

Derived Forms

zoonal, adjective

Word Origin for zoon

C19: from New Latin, from Greek zōion animal; related to Greek zōē life
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012