zoa

zoa

[zoh-uh]
noun
plural of zoon.
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-zoa

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]
noun, plural zoa [zoh-uh] . Biology Rare.
1.
any of the individuals of a compound organism.
2.
any individual, or the individuals collectively, produced from a single egg.

Origin:
1860–65; < Neo-Latin zōon < Greek zôion animal

zoonal [zoh-uh-nl] , adjective
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zoa (ˈzəʊə)
 
n
the plural of zoon

-zoa
 
suffix forming plural proper nouns
indicating groups of animal organisms: Metazoa
 
[from New Latin, from Greek zōia, plural of zōion animal, living being]

zoon (ˈzəʊɒn)
 
n , pl zoa, zoons
a less common term for zooid
 
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek zōion animal; related to Greek zōē life]
 
zo'onal
 
adj

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