zo·​oe·​ci·​um | \ zō-ˈē-shē-əm How to pronounce zooecium (audio) \
variants: or less commonly zoecium
plural zooecia also zoecia\ zō-​ˈē-​shē-​ə How to pronounce zoecia (audio) \

Definition of zooecium

: a sac or chamber secreted and lived in by a bryozoan zooid

First Known Use of zooecium

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zooecium

borrowed from New Latin, from zo- zo- + Greek oikíon "house, dwelling, nest," derivative of oîkos "house, dwelling" — more at vicinity

Note: Alternatively, -oecium could be from Greek oikía "household, home" and the Latin compounding suffix -ium; for a possible model see androecium, androecium. The term zooecium was introduced by the Swedish zoologist Frederik Adam Smitt (1839-1904) in "Oms Hafs-Bryozoernas utveckling och fettkroppar," Öfversigt af Konigliga Vetenskaps-Akademien Förhandlingar, 22. årgången, 1865 (Stockholm, 1866), p. 115; the vernacular equivalent of it in the same publication is djurhus.

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“Zooecium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zooecium. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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