- 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
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- a less common term for zooid (def. 1)
Word Origin for zoon
C19: from New Latin, from Greek zōion animal; related to Greek zōē life
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1864, from Greek zoion "animal" (see zoo).
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