zoon

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See also: zoön and zo-on

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

First adopted by Herbert Spencer in Principles of Biology (see 1864 quotation): from New Latin zōon, from Ancient Greek ζῷον (zôion, animal).[1]

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Noun[edit]

zoon (plural zoa or zoons)

  1. (biology)[1] An animal which is the sole product of a single egg.
  2. (biology)[1] Any one of the perfectly developed individuals of a compound animal.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1864, Herbert Spencer, Principles of Biology, page 205, § 73 (1868 reprint; D. Appleton & Co.)
    [… A] zoological individual is constituted either by any such single animal as a mammal or bird, which may properly claim the title of a zoon, or by any such group of animals as the numerous Medusæ that have been developed from the same egg, which are to be severally distinguished as zooids.

Antonyms[edit]

  • (an animal which is the sole product of a single egg): zooid

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “zoon”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 ‖zoon, n.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch sōne, from Old Dutch suno, from Proto-West Germanic *sunu, from Proto-Germanic *sunuz, from Proto-Indo-European *suHnús.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zoon m (plural zoons or zonen, diminutive zoontje n)

  1. son
    Mijn zoon gaat volgend jaar naar de universiteit.My son is going to the university next year.
    Ze heeft drie zonen en een dochter.She has three sons and one daughter.
    Haar zoontje speelde in de tuin met zijn vriendjes.Her little son was playing in the garden with his friends.

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Afrikaans: seun
  • Jersey Dutch: zőn
  • Negerhollands: soon, sön
  • Skepi Creole Dutch: son

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Esperanto[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zoon

  1. accusative singular of zoo

Limburgish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch sōne, from Old Dutch suno, from Proto-West Germanic *sunu.

Noun[edit]

zoon m (plural zeuns)

  1. son

Yola[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English sone, from Old English sōna, from Proto-West Germanic *sān(ō).

Adverb[edit]

zoon

  1. soon

References[edit]

  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 82