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zoea

play
noun, zo·ea \zō-ˈē-ə\

Definition of zoea

plural zoeae play \-ˈē-ˌē\ or zoeas play \-ˈē-əz\

  1. :  a free-swimming planktonic larval form of many decapod crustaceans and especially crabs that has a relatively large cephalothorax, conspicuous eyes, and fringed antennae and mouthparts



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Origin of zoea

New Latin, from Greek zōē life


First Known Use: 1877


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