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theriomorphic

or the·ri·o·mor·phous

[theer-ee-uh-mawr-fik]
adjective
  1. (of deities) thought of or represented as having the form of beasts.
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Origin of theriomorphic

1880–85; < Greek thēriómorph(os) beast-shaped (thērío(n) wild beast + -morphos -morphous) + -ic
Related formsthe·ri·o·morph, noun
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Examples from the Web for theriomorphic

Historical Examples

  • The zoo-morphic or theriomorphic mythologies and creeds are nowhere more vivacious than in America.

    Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)

    Andrew Lang

  • It is not to be expected that many, if any, remains of a theriomorphic character should cling to a goddess so abstract as Aditi.

  • The Algonkins, however, thought otherwise, and the myth itself suggests a theriomorphic earth-maker.


British Dictionary definitions for theriomorphic

theriomorphic

theriomorphous

adjective
  1. (esp of a deity) possessing or depicted in the form of a beast
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Derived Formstheriomorph, noun

Word Origin

C19: from Greek thēriomorphos, from thērion wild animal + morphē shape
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