zoea

noun
zo·​ea | \ zō-ˈē-ə How to pronounce zoea (audio) \
plural zoeae\ zō-​ˈē-​ˌē How to pronounce zoeae (audio) \ or zoeas\ zō-​ˈē-​əz How to pronounce zoeas (audio) \

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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First Known Use of zoea

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zoea

New Latin, from Greek zōē life

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The first known use of zoea was in 1828

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