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zoa

[zoh-uh] /ˈzoʊ ə/
noun
1.
plural of zoon.

-zoa

1.
a combining form meaning “animals,” “organisms” of the kind specified by the initial element, used in the names of classes in zoology:
Protozoa.
Origin
< Neo-Latin < Greek zôia, plural of zôion animal; see zoon

zoon

[zoh-on] /ˈzoʊ ɒn/
noun, plural zoa
[zoh-uh] /ˈzoʊ ə/ (Show IPA).
Biology Rare.
1.
any of the individuals of a compound organism.
2.
any individual, or the individuals collectively, produced from a single egg.
3.
Origin
1860-65; < Neo-Latin zōon < Greek zôion animal
Related forms
zoonal
[zoh-uh-nl] /ˈzoʊ ə nl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for zoa

zoa

/ˈzəʊə/
noun
1.
the plural of zoon

-zoa

suffix
1.
indicating groups of animal organisms: Metazoa
Word Origin
from New Latin, from Greek zōia, plural of zōion animal, living being

zoon

/ˈzəʊɒn/
noun (pl) zoa (ˈzəʊə), zoons
1.
a less common term for zooid (sense 1)
Derived Forms
zoonal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek zōion animal; related to Greek zōē life
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Word Origin and History for zoa
n.

plural of zoon.

zoon

n.

1864, from Greek zoion "animal" (see zoo).

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