zoomorphism

[ zoh-uh-mawr-fiz-uh m ]
/ ˌzoʊ əˈmɔr fɪz əm /

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

/ (ˌzəʊəˈmɔːfɪzəm) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

zoomorphic, adjective
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