Definition of zooecium in English:

zooecium

noun

Zoology
  • A layer of organic or mineral material that encloses an individual living or fossil bryozoan.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science. From scientific Latin zooecium (F. A. Smitt 1865, in Öfversigt af Kongliga Vetenskaps-Akademiens Förhandlingar 22 115; from post-classical Latin zoo- + -oecium (in e.g. scientific Latin androecium), after Swedish djurhus, lit. ‘animal house’.

Pronunciation

zooecium

/zuːˈiːsɪəm//zəʊˈiːʃ(ɪ)əm//zəʊˈiːsɪəm/