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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.
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(ˌzoʊ əˈmɔr fɪk)

1. of or pertaining to a deity or other being conceived of as having the form of an animal.
2. characterized by a highly stylized or conventionalized representation of animal forms.
3. representing or using animal forms.
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[ˌzəʊəʊˈmɒːfɪk] ADJzoomórfico
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