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zo·o·mor·phism

 (zō′ə-môr′fĭz′əm)
n.
1. Attribution of animal characteristics or qualities to a god.
2. Use of animal forms in symbolism, literature, or graphic representation.

zo′o·mor′phic adj.

zoomorphism

(ˌzəʊəˈmɔːfɪzəm)
n
1. (Alternative Belief Systems) the conception or representation of deities in the form of animals
2. (Art Terms) the use of animal forms or symbols in art, literature, etc
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the use of animal forms or symbols in art, literature, etc
ˌzooˈmorphic adj

zoomorphism

the attribution of animal form or nature to a deity.
See also: God and Gods
the attribution of animal form or nature, especially to a deity. — zoomorphic, adj.
See also: Animals
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zoomorphism - the attribution of animal forms or qualities to a god
ascription, attribution - assigning some quality or character to a person or thing; "the attribution of language to birds"; "the ascription to me of honors I had not earned"
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They cover ecocentric ways of being: human-nature continuities in philosophy and poetry, ecocentric dwelling: the global and the local, ecocentric vision: zoomorphism and animal perspectives, and ecocentrism at the limits: animal encounters.
In this case, Srinivasacharya's specific objections are unclear, but are likely to include eating outside of one's household, as well as the zoomorphism of the biscuits.
Other representations of dominion use artistic conceits such as anthropomorphism and zoomorphism.
Selby turns to an innovative but at first glance rather obscure discussion of the difference between anthropomorphism and zoomorphism (pp.
This happens in uncanny places, such as the logo for Washington State University: the WSU exhibits a dramatic zoomorphism into a cougar in a deluge that overwhelms the letters.