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zoomorphic

[zoh-uh-mawr-fik] /ˌzoʊ əˈmɔr fɪk/
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.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; zoo- + -morphic
Related forms
zoomorph, noun
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  • Nor are clever ways of moving the only use for zoomorphic robots.
  • Other decorative elements include zoomorphic imagery, or animalistic carvings.
  • Other zoomorphic designs consisted of various animal parts flowing into one another.
  • It is represented in the archaeological record by zoomorphic and anthropomorphic renderings on stone, ceramic, and shell.
  • At non-rockshelter sites these odds are also increased by the presence of zoomorphic figures.
  • The club handle is made of stone and is carved with a zoomorphic design.
  • Additionally, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures are common.
  • Glazed vessels such as jars and vases are also common, occasionally in zoomorphic forms such as tall cups with animal-headed base.
Word Origin and History for zoomorphic
adj.

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

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