from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Attribution of animal characteristics or qualities to a god.
  • n. Use of animal forms in symbolism, literature, or graphic representation.

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  • n. The representation of gods as animals or the attributing of animal characteristics to gods.
  • n. The use of animal figures in art and design or of animal symbols in literature.
  • n. The viewing of human behavior in terms of the behavior of animals.

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  • n. the attribution of animal forms or qualities to a god


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zoo- + -morphism


  • Lam explored zoomorphism, like his contemporaries Arshile Gorky and Matta, but he almost never ventured into pure abstraction.

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  • Biomorphism connects with anthropomorphism, zoomorphism, Casa Milà, Surrealism, the grotesque, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Isamu Noguchi, Carlo Mollino, Luigi Colani in the visual realm and with literary tropes in the work of H. P. Lovecraft and Lautréamont; and provides a potent antidote to sexless modernism.

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  • Medieval popular almanacs, learned treatises, texts and images from the ancient East jostle with a treasure trove of photographs on every subject from astrolabes to zoomorphism.

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  • It is my contention that AI, and particularly robotics, exploits natural human zoomorphism.

    New Scientist - Online News

  • Kotek says: "The fourth motif - zoomorphism - is a very common theme throughout the world.


  • "This approach of zoomorphism exists in every culture and has cultural specifics.



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