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zoomorphic

[zoh-uh-mawr-fik]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a deity or other being conceived of as having the form of an animal.
  2. characterized by a highly stylized or conventionalized representation of animal forms.
  3. representing or using animal forms.

Origin of zoomorphic

First recorded in 1870–75; zoo- + -morphic
Related formszo·o·morph, noun
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Examples from the Web for zoomorphic

Historical Examples

  • They cook by means of heated stones and have zoomorphic masks.

    Man, Past and Present

    Agustus Henry Keane

  • In the mind of the savage the world is peopled by a host of mythic beings, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic.


Word Origin and History for zoomorphic

adj.

1872, from comb. form of Greek zoion "animal" (see zoo) + morphe "shape" (see Morpheus) + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper