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  1. the worship of or excessive attention to animals.
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Origin of zoolatry

First recorded in 1810–20; zoo- + -latry
Related formszo·ol·a·ter, nounzo·ol·a·trous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for zoolatry

Historical Examples of zoolatry

  • Clemens Alexandrinus, again, after describing the animal-worship of the Egyptians, mentions cases of zoolatry in Greece.

    Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1

    Andrew Lang

  • Zoolatry is intertwisted with the earliest and most widespread law of prohibited degrees.

    Custom and Myth

    Andrew Lang

  • Remnants of the old Semitic zoolatry perpetuated themselves until the end of paganism and even later.

British Dictionary definitions for zoolatry


  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
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Derived Formszoolater, nounzoolatrous, adjective
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