zoea

noun zo·ea \ zō-ˈē-ə \

Definition of zoea

plural zoeae play \zō-ˈē-ˌē\ or zoeas play \zō-ˈē-əz\
: 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


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