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biomorph

[bahy-oh-mawrf] /ˈbaɪ oʊˌmɔrf/
noun
1.
a painted, drawn, or sculptured free form or design suggestive in shape of a living organism, especially an ameba or protozoan:
The paintings of Joan Miró are often notable for their playful, bright-colored biomorphs.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; bio- + -morph
Related forms
biomorphic, adjective
biomorphism, noun
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Examples from the web for biomorphic
  • The trees behind their heads seem to be dancing and taking on all sorts of biomorphic traits.
  • Vibrant and intense colors, biomorphic iconographic forms and a visual playfulness are recurring elements in his work.
British Dictionary definitions for biomorphic

biomorphic

/ˌbaɪəʊˈmɔːfɪk/
adjective
1.
having the form of a living organism

biomorph

/ˈbaɪəʊˌmɔːf/
noun
1.
a set of two-dimensional branching biomorphic images that can be used to illustrate evolutionary concepts
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Word Origin and History for biomorphic
adj.

1895, from bio- + Greek morphe "form" (see Morpheus) + -ic.

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