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hylozoism

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noun hy·lo·zo·ism \ˌhī-lə-ˈzō-ˌi-zəm\

Definition of hylozoism

  1. :  a doctrine held especially by early Greek philosophers that all matter has life

hy·lo·zo·ist play \-ˈzō-ist\ noun
hy·lo·zo·is·tic play \-zō-ˈis-tik\ adjective


Origin of hylozoism

Greek hylē matter, literally, wood + zōos alive, living; akin to Greek zōē life — more at quick


First Known Use: 1678


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