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zoomorphism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n zoomorphism the attribution of animal forms or qualities to a god
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Zoömorphism The quality of representing or using animal forms; as, zoömorphism in ornament.
    • Zoömorphism The representation of God, or of gods, in the form, or with the attributes, of the lower animals. "To avoid the error of anthropomorphism, we fall into the vastly greater, and more absurd, error of zoömorphism .""To avoid the error of anthropomorphism, we fall into the vastly greater, and more absurd, error of zoömorphism ."
    • Zoömorphism The transformation of men into beasts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Zoomorphism the representation or the conception of a god or a man in an animal form, the attributing of human or of divine qualities to beings of animal form—also Zoomor′phy
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. zōon, an animal, morphē, form.

Usage

In literature:

The Abyssinian Zoomorphism is a no less important phenomenon, and shows itself a manner quite peculiar.
"The Black Death, and The Dancing Mania" by Justus Friedrich Karl Hecker
In the mind of the savage the world is peopled by a host of mythic beings, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic.
"Canyons of the Colorado" by J. W. Powell
No more awful "Zoomorphic" table-cloths!
"Arts and Crafts Essays" by Various
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In news:

Using her new cookie cutters, Angela baked a batch of zoomorphic cookies to bring to the kids in her niece's classroom.
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