- any of the individuals of a compound organism.
- any individual, or the individuals collectively, produced from a single egg.
Origin of zoon
1860–65; < New Latin zōon < Greek zôion animal
- a combining form meaning “animal,” “organism” of the kind specified by the initial element, often corresponding to zoological class names ending in -zoa, with -zoon used to name a single member of such a class: protozoon.
Origin of -zoon
see origin at zoon
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Examples from the Web for zoon
Zummat occurred betwixt us, and Phil was zoon on the ground under me.Three Courses and a Dessert
Thee zhut thee eyes an' walk about a bit, an' thee'll zoon get down!Mr. Punch's Country Life
Zoology is formed from two Greek words: zoon, meaning animal, and logos, meaning discourse.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
I think it was the zoon of a cicada which waked my attention, and once I heard them they seemed to fill the air with shrieking.Old Plymouth Trails
This is what prompted Felix Hausdorf to define the human being as zoon semeiotikon- semiotic animal, sign-using animal.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- a less common term for zooid (def. 1)
C19: from New Latin, from Greek zōion animal; related to Greek zōē life
- indicating an individual animal or an independently moving entity derived from an animalspermatozoon
from Greek zōion animal
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Word Origin and History for zoon
1864, from Greek zoion "animal" (see zoo).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Animal; independently moving organic unit:spermatozoon.
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