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zoomorphic

[zoh-uh-mawr-fik]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a deity or other being conceived of as having the form of an animal.
  2. characterized by a highly stylized or conventionalized representation of animal forms.
  3. representing or using animal forms.
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Origin of zoomorphic

First recorded in 1870–75; zoo- + -morphic
Related formszo·o·morph, noun
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Historical Examples

  • What I have termed the sthetic life-history may occur to the zoomorph at any or all of these stages of religious decadence.

    Evolution in Art

    Alfred C. Haddon


Word Origin and History for zoomorph

zoomorphic

adj.

1872, from comb. form of Greek zoion "animal" (see zoo) + morphe "shape" (see Morpheus) + -ic.

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