- 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 zō(ḗ) life + New Latin -ea -ea
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Examples from the Web for zoea
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.
It was called a zoea; but you can call it a Crab caterpillar or larva.
You ask about the skipping of the Zoea stage in fresh-water decapods: is this an illustration of acceleration?More Letters of Charles Darwin
As an illustration of this metamorphosis, we give figures of the Zoea Taurus in two states, viz., Fig.The Ocean World:
- the free-swimming larva of a crab or related crustacean, which has well-developed abdominal appendages and may bear one or more spines
C20: New Latin, from Greek zōē life