zoomorphic
[ zoh-uh-mawr-fik ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
late 19th century; Greek "representative of animals," especially representative of a god in the form of an animal, 1872, from zoo- "animal" + morphē "shape," a word of uncertain etymology, + -ic
Synonyms
    1.
  • animalistic
  • untamed
  • beast-like
  • wild
    2.
  • bestial
  • zoologic
  • subhuman
  • inhuman
Antonyms
    1.
  • humanly
  • person
  • mundane
    2.
  • human being
  • mortal
  • earthling
  • personage
Definition
1. characterized by a highly stylized or conventionalized representation of animal forms
2. of or relating to a deity or other being conceived of as having the form of an animal
Examples
1. A) Her zoomorphic makeup transformed her into a stylized lion for Halloween. B) Their zoomorphic costumes were perfect for the zoo scene in the school play.
2. A) Zoomorphic imagery is prevalent in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs depicting their gods. B) Across pantheistic religions, zoomorphic representations of the deities are a common trend.
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