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Ooecium \O*[oe]"ci*um\, n.; pl. O[oe]cia. [NL., fr. Gr. w,'o`n an egg + ? a house.] (Zo["o]l.) One of the special zooids, or cells, of Bryozoa, destined to receive and develop ova; an ovicell. See Bryozoa.


Bryozoum \Bry`o*zo"um\, n. [NL. See Bryozoa.] (Zo["o]l.) An individual zooid of a bryozoan coralline, of which there may be two or more kinds in a single colony. The zo[oe]cia usually have a wreath of tentacles around the mouth, and a well developed stomach and intestinal canal; but these parts are lacking in the other zooids ( Avicularia, O[oe]cia, etc.). [1913 Webster] ||


n. (plural of ooecium English)

Usage examples of "ooecia".

Both those forms resembling priapic fungi and those resembling labyrinthiform ooecia were ceaselessly active, their colours flaring and fading according to their flaccidity or engorgement.