[ zoh-ee-uh ]

noun,plural zo·e·ae [zoh-ee-ee], /zoʊˈi i/, zo·e·as.Zoology.
  1. 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 () life + New Latin -ea-ea

Other words from zoea

  • zo·e·al, adjective

Words Nearby zoea

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How to use zoea in a sentence

  • Again and again its skin splits, and a rather different zoea appears.

    On the Seashore | R. Cadwallader Smith
  • You ask about the skipping of the zoea stage in fresh-water decapods: is this an illustration of acceleration?

  • As an illustration of this metamorphosis, we give figures of the zoea Taurus in two states, viz., Fig.

    The Ocean World: | Louis Figuier
  • With crowds of its brothers and sisters, the zoea kicks about on the surface of the sea.

    On the Seashore | R. Cadwallader Smith
  • The maggot is the larva of the fly, and the zoea is the larva of the Crab.

    On the Seashore | R. Cadwallader Smith

British Dictionary definitions for zoea



/ (zəʊˈiːə) /

nounplural zoeae or zoaeae (zəʊˈiːiː) or zoeas or zoaeas
  1. the free-swimming larva of a crab or related crustacean, which has well-developed abdominal appendages and may bear one or more spines

Origin of zoea

C20: New Latin, from Greek zōē life

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