cryptozoa

plural noun cryp·to·zoa \ˌkriptəˈzōə\

Definition of cryptozoa

  1. 1 :  the animals that live a cryptobiotic life among the organic debris of a forest floor

  2. 2 :  structures in Precambrian rocks thought to be the remains of primitive life — compare cryptozoon

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Origin and Etymology of cryptozoa

New Latin, from crypt- + -zoa


First Known Use: 1911


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