any of the free-swimming larva of certain crustaceans, as the crab, having rudimentary legs and a spiny carapace.
- zo·e·al, adjective
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How to use zoea in a sentence
Again and again its skin splits, and a rather different zoea appears.
You ask about the skipping of the zoea stage in fresh-water decapods: is this an illustration of acceleration?More Letters of Charles Darwin | Charles Darwin
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.
The maggot is the larva of the fly, and the zoea is the larva of the Crab.
British Dictionary definitions for zoea
the free-swimming larva of a crab or related crustacean, which has well-developed abdominal appendages and may bear one or more spines
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