noun \zō-ˈē-ə\
plural zo·eae \-ˈē-ˌē\ or zo·eas \-ˈē-əz\

Definition of ZOEA

:  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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