ZOOID

zooid

(noun) one of the distinct individuals forming a colonial animal such as a bryozoan or hydrozoan

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

zooid (plural zooids)

(biology) An organic body or cell having locomotion, as a spermatic cell or spermatozoid.

(zoology) An animal in one of its inferior or early stages of development, as one of the intermediate forms in alternate generation.

(zoology) One of the individual animals in a composite group, as of Anthozoa, Hydrozoa, and Bryozoa; — sometimes restricted to those individuals in which the mouth and digestive organs are not developed.

Adjective

zooid (comparative more zooid, superlative most zooid)

(biology) Relating to, or resembling, an animal.

Source: Wiktionary


Zo"oid, a. Etym: [Zoö- + -oid.] (Biol.)

Definition: Pertaining to, or resembling, an animal.

Zo"oid, n.

1. (Biol.)

Definition: An organic body or cell having locomotion, as a spermatic cell or spermatozooid.

2. (Zoöl.) (a) An animal in one of its inferior stages of development, as one of the intermediate forms in alternate generation. (b) One of the individual animals in a composite group, as of Anthozoa, Hydroidea, and Bryozoa; -- sometimes restricted to those individuals in which the mouth and digestive organs are not developed.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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