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zoea

[zoh-ee-uh] /zoʊˈi ə/
noun, plural zoeae
[zoh-ee-ee] /zoʊˈi i/ (Show IPA),
zoeas. Zoology
1.
any of the free-swimming larva of certain crustaceans, as the crab, having rudimentary legs and a spiny carapace.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Greek () life + Neo-Latin -ea -ea
Related forms
zoeal, adjective
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zoea

/zəʊˈiːə/
noun (pl) zoeae, zoaeae (zəʊˈiːiː) zoeas, zoaeas
1.
the free-swimming larva of a crab or related crustacean, which has well-developed abdominal appendages and may bear one or more spines
Word Origin
C20: New Latin, from Greek zōē life
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