An example of a zoon is a dog.
Origin of zoonModern Latin from Classical Greek z?ion, an animal: see bio-
Origin of -zoonModern Latin from Classical Greek z?ion, an animal: see bio-
nounpl. zo·ons, or zo·a Archaic
- An individual animal produced from an egg.
- A zooid.
Origin of zoonNew Latin zōon from Greek zōion, zōon living being ; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of -zoonNew Latin -zōon from Greek zōion, zōon living being ; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.
(plural zoa or zoons)
- (biology) :
- An animal which is the sole product of a single egg.
- Any one of the perfectly developed individuals of a compound animal.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
First adopted by Herbert Spencer in Principles of Biology (see 1864 quotation): from New Latin zÅon, from Ancient Greek Î¶á¿·Î¿Î½ (zÅion, “animal").