zoea

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noun zo·ea \zō-ˈē-ə\

Definition of zoea

plural

zoeae

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zoeas

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  1. :  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 and Etymology of zoea

New Latin, from Greek zōē life


First Known Use: 1877


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