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

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

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Zoo- (or zo-) derives from the Greek word zōion, meaning "animal," and -morph comes from the Greek morphē, meaning "form." These two forms combined to give us the adjective zoomorphic, which was first used in English to describe something that resembles an animal in 1872. English includes other words that were formed from zoo- or zo-, such as zoology (made with -logy, meaning "science"). We also have other words that were formed from -morph, such as pseudomorph, for a mineral having the outward form of another species. (The combining form pseud- or pseudo- means "false.")

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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, "Teotihuacan: An ancient Mexican city's remarkable art comes to life at LACMA," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of zoomorphic

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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