zoon

[ zoh-on ]
/ ˈzoʊ ɒn /

noun, plural zo·a [zoh-uh] /ˈzoʊ ə/. Biology Rare.

any of the individuals of a compound organism.
any individual, or the individuals collectively, produced from a single egg.

Nearby words

  1. zoomastigophorea,
  2. zoometric,
  3. zoometry,
  4. zoomorphic,
  5. zoomorphism,
  6. zoonal,
  7. zoonosis,
  8. zoonotic,
  9. zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis,
  10. zoonotic potential

Origin of zoon

1860–65; < New Latin zōon < Greek zôion animal

Related formszo·on·al [zoh-uh-nl] /ˈzoʊ ə nl/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for zoonal

zoon

/ (ˈzəʊɒn) /

noun plural zoa (ˈzəʊə) or zoons

a less common term for zooid (def. 1)
Derived Formszoonal, adjective

Word Origin for zoon

C19: from New Latin, from Greek zōion animal; related to Greek zōē life

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Word Origin and History for zoonal

zoon

n.

1864, from Greek zoion "animal" (see zoo).

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