zoo·​mor·​phic | \ ˌzō-ə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce zoomorphic (audio) \

Definition of zoomorphic

1 : having the form of an animal
2 : of, relating to, or being a deity conceived of in animal form or with animal attributes

Other Words from zoomorphic

zoomorph \ ˈzō-​ə-​ˌmȯrf How to pronounce zoomorphic (audio) \ noun

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Zoomorphic comes from zôion, meaning "animal," and -morphic, an adjective combining form meaning "have (such) a form" and from Greek morphē, "form."

Examples of zoomorphic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are hundreds of geometric and zoomorphic images in the area, which covers about 175 square miles, The Guardian reports. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 20 Oct. 2020 Large, spiral conch shells, probably once home to ancient sea snails and now notched by hand at the apex to form a trumpet, are incised with images of warriors, hunters and the dead — as well as zoomorphic creatures that may well be crocodiles. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of zoomorphic

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for zoomorphic

borrowed from French zoomorphique, from zoo- zoo- + -morphique -morphic

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“Zoomorphic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoomorphic. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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