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any of the free-swimming larva of certain crustaceans, as the crab, having rudimentary legs and a spiny carapace.
noun (pl) zoeae, zoaeae (zəʊˈiːiː) zoeas, zoaeas
the free-swimming larva of a crab or related crustacean, which has well-developed abdominal appendages and may bear one or more spines


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