- 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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- 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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