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 zooecium (audio)
: a sac or chamber secreted and lived in by a bryozoan zooid

Word History


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.

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zooecium was in 1871

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Cite this Entry

“Zooecium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zooecium. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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