[ zoh-uh-mawr-fik ]
/ ˌzoʊ əˈmɔr fɪk /
of or relating to a deity or other being conceived of as having the form of an animal.
characterized by a highly stylized or conventionalized representation of animal forms.
representing or using animal forms.
They Call It Puppy Love And Other Animal-inspired PhrasesWe often attribute emotions and other human characteristics to animals. This is called anthropomorphism. Similarly, we also describe people using animal characteristics. You might, for example, say my teenage son “eats like a horse,” meaning he’s a growing boy and consumes a lot of food. This is called zoomorphism. Zoomorphism also includes assigning animal-like qualities to gods and inanimate objects. The term comes from the Greek …
Related formszo·o·morph, noun
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Word Origin and History for zoomorphic
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