noun, plural zoeae [zoh-ee-ee] , zoeas. Zoology.
any of the free-swimming larva of certain crustaceans, as the crab, having rudimentary legs and a spiny carapace.

1820–30; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Greek () life + Neo-Latin -ea -ea

zoeal, adjective
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zoea or zoaea (zəʊˈiːə)
n , pl zoeae, zoaeae, zoeas, zoaeas
the free-swimming larva of a crab or related crustacean, which has well-developed abdominal appendages and may bear one or more spines
[C20: New Latin, from Greek zōē life]
zoaea or zoaea (zəʊˈiːə, zəʊˈiːiː)
[C20: New Latin, from Greek zōē life]

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Zoea data are from five tests with a four day duration.
In a few days they will change from a microscopic stage called a zoea to a visible but transparent form called a megalops.
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