[ zoh-ee-uh ]
/ zoʊˈi ə /
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noun, plural zo·e·ae [zoh-ee-ee], /zoʊˈi i/, zo·e·as.Zoology.
any of the free-swimming larva of certain crustaceans, as the crab, having rudimentary legs and a spiny carapace.
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Origin of zoea
1820–30; <New Latin, equivalent to Greek zō(ḗ) life + New Latin -ea-ea
OTHER WORDS FROM zoeazo·e·al, adjective
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How to use zoea in a sentence
This is well seen in the nauplius of many Cirripedia (fig. 15) and in nearly all zoeae.
British Dictionary definitions for zoea
/ (zəʊˈiːə) /
noun plural zoeae or zoaeae (zəʊˈiːiː) or zoeas or zoaeas
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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