zoism

1 of 2

noun (1)

zo·​ism
ˈzōˌizəm
plural -s
: a doctrine that the phenomena of life are due to a peculiar vital principle : the theory of élan vital

zoism

2 of 2

noun (2)

"
plural -s
: reverence for animal life : belief in animal powers and influences

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Greek zōē life + English -ism

Noun (2)

International Scientific Vocabulary zo- + -ism

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“Zoism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoism. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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