plural noun
cryp·​to·​zoa | \ ˌkriptəˈzōə \

Definition of cryptozoa

1 : the animals that live a cryptobiotic life among the organic debris of a forest floor
2 : structures in Precambrian rocks thought to be the remains of primitive life — compare cryptozoon

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First Known Use of cryptozoa

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cryptozoa

New Latin, from crypt- + -zoa

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“Cryptozoa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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