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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 of zoomorphic
1870-1875
1870-75; zoo- + -morphic
Related forms
zoomorph, noun
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  • They cook by means of heated stones and have zoomorphic masks.

    Man, Past and Present Agustus Henry Keane
  • In the mind of the savage the world is peopled by a host of mythic beings, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic.

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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