n. pl. zo·e·ae (-ē′ē) or zo·e·as
A larval form of crabs and certain other decapod crustaceans, characterized by thoracic appendages used for swimming and often one or more spines on the carapace.
[New Latin, from Greek zōē, life; see azo-.]
(Zoology) denoting a larval stage of crabs and related crustaceans, during which there are spines on the body and the limbs are not fully developed