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  • noun biology A proposed archetype of the form of all animals, based not on a shared body plan but on conserved molecular homologies.
  • noun An animal totem; an animal (or animal figure) that is taken as symbolic of a deeper abstraction.

Etymologies

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From zoo- +‎ type. In the biological sense, by analogy with phylotype.

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  • Animal serving as a type; figure of an animal used to represent a deity. (from Phrontistery)

    May 24, 2008