(of deities) thought of or represented as having the form of beasts.
Origin of theriomorphic
1880–85;Related formsthe·ri·o·morph, noun
< Greek thēriómorph(os
) beast-shaped (thērío(n
) wild beast + -morphos -morphous
) + -ic
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Historical Examples of theriomorphic
The zoo-morphic or theriomorphic mythologies and creeds are nowhere more vivacious than in America.
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
Derived Formstheriomorph, noun
(esp of a deity) possessing or depicted in the form of a beast
Word Origin for theriomorphic
C19: from Greek thēriomorphos, from thērion wild animal + morphē shape
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