zoophilia

[zoh-uh-fil-ee-uh]

noun

the state of being zoophilous.
Psychology. an abnormal fondness or preference for animals.

Nearby words

  1. zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis,
  2. zoonotic potential,
  3. zooparasite,
  4. zoophagous,
  5. zoophile,
  6. zoophilism,
  7. zoophilous,
  8. zoophobia,
  9. zoophorus,
  10. zoophyte

Origin of zoophilia

First recorded in 1895–1900; zoo- + -philia

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British Dictionary definitions for zoophilia's

zoophilia

noun

a morbid condition in which a person has a sexual attraction to animals; bestiality
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Word Origin and History for zoophilia's

zoophilia

n.

"attraction to animals involving release of sexual energy," 1899, in a translation of Krafft-Ebing, from comb. form of Greek zoion "animal" (see zoo) + -philia. "[F]ormerly not implying sexual intercourse or bestiality" [OED].

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Medicine definitions for zoophilia's

zoophilia

[zō′ə-fĭlē-ə]

n.

Attraction to or affinity for animals.

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