Definition of oxea in English:

oxea

noun

Zoology
  • In sponges: a needle-shaped spicule which is pointed at both ends.

Origin

Late 19th century. From ancient Greek ὀξέα (Ionic (Attic ὀξεῖα); also as a variant reading in Hippocrates), feminine (agreeing with ῥάβδος) corresponding to ὀξύς sharp.

Pronunciation

oxea

/ˈɒksɪə/