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any of the individuals of a compound organism.
any individual, or the individuals collectively, produced from a single egg.
a combining form meaning “animal,” “organism” of the kind specified by the initial element, often corresponding to zoological class names ending in -zoa, with -zoon, used to name a single member of such a class:
Historical Examples

Zoology is formed from two Greek words: zoon, meaning animal, and logos, meaning discourse.
Elementary Zoology, Second Edition Vernon L. Kellogg

This is what prompted Felix Hausdorf to define the human being as zoon semeiotikon- semiotic animal, sign-using animal.
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin

Zummat occurred betwixt us, and Phil was zoon on the ground under me.
Three Courses and a Dessert Anonymous

Simply put, the qualifiers political animal (zoon politikon) and speaking animal (zoon phonanta) are tightly connected.
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin

Thee zhut thee eyes an’ walk about a bit, an’ thee’ll zoon get down!
Mr. Punch’s Country Life Various

En er geschiedde eene stem nit de hemelen: gij zijt mijn geliefde zoon, in denwelken Ik mijn welbehagen heb!
The English Language Robert Gordon Latham

I think it was the zoon of a cicada which waked my attention, and once I heard them they seemed to fill the air with shrieking.
Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard

Lay hold on the poor devil, right end foremost, zoon as I have stopped uns praching.
Cripps, the Carrier R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore

As with the Greeks, there is now a wish to make man a zoon politicon, a citizen of the State or political man.
The Ego and His Own Max Stirner

noun (pl) zoa (ˈzəʊə), zoons
a less common term for zooid (sense 1)
combining form
indicating an individual animal or an independently moving entity derived from an animal: spermatozoon

1864, from Greek zoion “animal” (see zoo).

-zoon suff.
Animal; independently moving organic unit: spermatozoon.


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