zoomorphism

[zoh-uh-mawr-fiz-uh m]

noun

zoomorphic representation, as in ornament.
zoomorphic conception, as of a deity.

Origin of zoomorphism

First recorded in 1830–40; zoomorph(ic) + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for zoomorphism

zoomorphism

noun

the conception or representation of deities in the form of animals
the use of animal forms or symbols in art, literature, etc
Derived Formszoomorphic, adjective
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