nounpl. zo·e′ae· or zo·e′as
an early, free-swimming larval stage of various decapod crustaceans, characterized by long, curved anterior and dorsal spines on the carapace
Origin of zoeaModern Latin from Classical Greek z??, life, akin to z?ion (see bio-) + -ea from L, feminine of -eus, -eous
nounpl. zo·e·ae, or zo·e·as
A larval form of crabs and certain other decapod crustaceans, characterized by thoracic appendages used for swimming and often one or more spines on the carapace.
Origin of zoeaNew Latin from Greek zōē life ; see azo- .
(plural zoeae or zoeas)
- Alternative spelling of zoaea.