Zoomorphism

Zoomorphism
Zoomorphism o`["o]*mor"phism, n. 1. The transformation of men into beasts. [R.] --Smart. [1913 Webster]

2. The quality of representing or using animal forms; as, zo["o]morphism in ornament. [1913 Webster]

3. The representation of God, or of gods, in the form, or with the attributes, of the lower animals. [1913 Webster]

To avoid the error of anthropomorphism, we fall into the vastly greater, and more absurd, error of zo["o]morphism. --Mivart. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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