any organic body or cell capable of spontaneous movement and of an existence more or less apart from or independent of the parent organism.
any animal organism or individual capable of separate existence, and produced by fission, gemmation, or some method other than direct sexual reproduction.
any one of the recognizably distinct individuals or elements of a compound or colonial animallike organism, whether or not detached or detachable.
Also, zooidal. pertaining to, resembling, or of the nature of an animal.
The asexual stock, after budding off one asexual zooid, elongates again and buds off a second zooid.
The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4) Francis Maitland Balfour
From this bud is developed the first zooid and first serial theca of the colony.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 3 Various
A, Schematic longitudinal section through a zooid and bud of Stylophora digitata.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2 Various
Mr. Busk, however, does not know of any gradations now existing between a zooid and an avicularium.
On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin
any independent animal body, such as an individual of a coelenterate colony
a motile cell or body, such as a gamete, produced by an organism
zooid zo·oid (zō’oid’)
An organic cell or organized body that has independent movement within a living organism, especially a motile gamete such as a spermatozoon.
An independent animallike organism produced asexually, as by budding or fission.
One of the distinct individuals forming a colonial animal such as a coral.
. . . abbreviation zoological zoology zoological zoologist zoology
(used in exclamatory phrases as a mild oath.) Historical Examples Halfway down the stairs I asked it again, and again received no answer save a zooks! By order of the company Mary Johnston zooks, parson, you remember how he recommended the veather o’ her to me. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling Henry Fielding […]
zoolagnia zoolagnia zo·o·lag·ni·a (zō’ə-lāg’nē-ə) n. Sexual attraction to animals.
the science or branch of biology dealing with animals. a treatise on zoology. the animal life of a particular region. Contemporary Examples Wood was born in northern England in 1965 the son of a professor of zoology at Durham University who is also a priest. James Wood Gets Personal Jimmy So December 20, 2012 Historical […]