Saturday, December 09, 2017

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day - Zoomorphic

 
 
Merriam-Webster  
 
WORD OF THE DAY
December 9, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
zoomorphic Audio pronunciation
 
adjective | zoh-uh-MOR-fik  
 
Definition
 
:
having the form of an animal
 
:
of, relating to, or being a deity conceived of in animal form or with animal attributes
 
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Zo- (or zoo-) derives from the Greek word zōion, meaning "animal," and -morph comes from the Greek morphē, meaning "form." These two forms combined to give us the adjective zoomorphic in the 19th century to describe something that resembles an animal. English includes other words that were formed from zo- or zoo-, such as zoology (made with -logy, meaning "science"). And there are also other words that were formed from -morph, such as pseudomorph, for a mineral having the outward form of another species. (The combining form pseud- or pseudo- means "false.")
 
 
Examples of ZOOMORPHIC
 
The couple could not agree on a dining room set: one preferred a sleek, modern style, while the other liked a more elaborate one with the table and chairs ending in zoomorphic clawed feet.
 
"The vibrant postmodern façades of Mamani's buildings (and their imitators) contrast with the raw brick and concrete of El Alto's ramshackle architecture.… Ancient motifs, like … zoomorphic figures from mythology, are abstracted and merged with futuristic flourishes."
Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2015
 
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