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 …
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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