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 zō(ḗ) life + New Latin -ea -ea
Related formszo·e·al, adjective
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noun plural 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

Word Origin for zoea

C20: New Latin, from Greek zōē life
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