zoolatry

[ zoh-ol-uh-tree ]
/ zoʊˈɒl ə tri /

noun

the worship of or excessive attention to animals.

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Origin of zoolatry

First recorded in 1810–20; zoo- + -latry

OTHER WORDS FROM zoolatry

zo·ol·a·ter, nounzo·ol·a·trous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for zoolatry

zoolatry
/ (zəʊˈɒlətrɪ) /

noun

(esp in ancient or primitive religions) the worship of animals as the incarnations of certain deities, symbols of particular qualities or natural forces, etc
extreme or excessive devotion to animals, particularly domestic pets

Derived forms of zoolatry

zoolater, nounzoolatrous, adjective
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