Origin of zoolatry

First recorded in 1810–20; zoo- + -latry
Related formszo·ol·a·ter, nounzo·ol·a·trous, adjective
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  1. (esp in ancient or primitive religions) the worship of animals as the incarnations of certain deities, symbols of particular qualities or natural forces, etc
  2. extreme or excessive devotion to animals, particularly domestic pets
Derived Formszoolater, nounzoolatrous, adjective
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