a combining form meaning “animal,” “organism” of the kind specified by the initial element, often corresponding to zoological class names ending in -zoa, with -zoon used to name a single member of such a class: protozoon.
They Call It Puppy Love And Other Animal-inspired PhrasesWe often attribute emotions and other human characteristics to animals. This is called anthropomorphism. Similarly, we also describe people using animal characteristics. You might, for example, say my teenage son “eats like a horse,” meaning he’s a growing boy and consumes a lot of food. This is called zoomorphism. Zoomorphism also includes assigning animal-like qualities to gods and inanimate objects. The term comes from the Greek …
Origin of -zoon
see origin at zoon
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British Dictionary definitions for -zoon
n combining form
indicating an individual animal or an independently moving entity derived from an animalspermatozoon
Word Origin for -zoon
from Greek zōion animal
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Medicine definitions for -zoon
Animal; independently moving organic unit:spermatozoon.
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