cryptozoa

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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Origin and Etymology of cryptozoa

New Latin, from crypt- + -zoa


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