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One of the distinct individuals of a colonial invertebrate animal, such as a bryozoan, that arise asexually by budding.

zo·oid′al (-oid′l) adj.


1. (Zoology) any independent animal body, such as an individual of a coelenterate colony
2. (Biology) a motile cell or body, such as a gamete, produced by an organism
zoˈoidal adj


(ˈzoʊ ɔɪd)
1. any of the distinct individuals of an animallike compound or colonial organism, as a polyp of a bryozoan.
2. Also, zo•oi′dal. pertaining to, resembling, or of the nature of an animal.
[1850–55; < Greek zôi(on) animal + -oid]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zooid - one of the distinct individuals forming a colonial animal such as a bryozoan or hydrozoanzooid - one of the distinct individuals forming a colonial animal such as a bryozoan or hydrozoan
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
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4 Henry Threadgill Zooid This Brings Us To Volume II (Pi Recordings): The iconoclast saxophonist still sounds like no one else, and does things with his music that no one else can do.
1 (Pi) Armed with his searing saxophone, haunting low flutes, and riveting compositions built from autonomous musical languages, the legendary Henry Threadgill is back, with the angular, carnivalesque groove of his band of several years, Zooid (rhymes with fluid)--a low-end-heavy ensemble boasting bass, tuba, cello, drums, and a prodigious melodic foil: the vibrant guitarist Liberty Ellman.
Solitary ascidians; each zooid enclosed in 2 its own tunic Colonial ascidians; multiple zooids within a 6 common tunic or connected by stolons 2.