theriomorphic

or the·ri·o·mor·phous

[ theer-ee-uh-mawr-fik ]
/ ˌθɪər i əˈmɔr fɪk /

adjective

(of deities) thought of or represented as having the form of beasts.

Origin of theriomorphic

1880–85; < Greek thēriómorph(os) beast-shaped (thērío(n) wild beast + -morphos -morphous) + -ic

Related forms

the·ri·o·morph, noun
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theriomorphic

theriomorphous

/ (ˌθɪərɪəʊˈmɔːfɪk) /

adjective

(esp of a deity) possessing or depicted in the form of a beast

Derived Forms

theriomorph, noun

Word Origin for theriomorphic

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