Definition of zoea in English:


Syllabification: zo·e·a
Pronunciation: /zōˈēə/

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noun (plural zoeae /zōˈēˌē/ or zoeas)

  • A larval form of certain crustaceans, such as the crab, having a spiny carapace and rudimentary limbs on the abdomen and thorax.


early 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek zōē 'life'.

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