August 10, 2012
zoomorphic (adjective)
\zoh-uh-MOR-fik\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : having the form of an animal2 : of, relating to, or being the representation of a deity in the form or with the attributes of an animal
How do you use it?
Ancient Egyptians worshipped many zoomorphic gods and goddesses including Anubis the jackal, Bastet the cat, and Buto the cobra.
Are you a word wiz?

"Zoomorphic" traces to the Greek roots "zoion" and "morphe." Based on what you know about "zoomorphic," what do you think its root words meant in Latin?

The history of "zoomorphic" is completely logical; it means "having the form of an animal" and it comes from words that mean "animal form." The "zo-" of "zoomorphic" derives from the Greek word "zoion," meaning "animal." (You might know other English words that come from "zoion," such as "zoo," "zoology," and "zoological.") The second part of "zoomorphic" descends from the Greek "morphe," which means "form." English contains other form-related "morphe" descendants too, including "anthropomorphic" which means "having human form" and "amorphous" which means "having no form, shapeless."
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