Definition of zoomorphic in US English:



  • Having or representing animal forms or gods of animal form.

    ‘pottery decorated with anthropomorphic and zoomorphic designs’
    • ‘It is built very simply of blocks and render, timber joists and so on, with things like precast concrete sewage pipes and standard plastic bubbles to make some of the earlier zoomorphic elements.’
    • ‘By contrast, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic images proliferated in the secular arts.’
    • ‘All such reported items are zoomorphic; no human representations are known, with the exception of human faces on pipes.’
    • ‘Part of a group of vaguely zoomorphic and anthropomorphic images by Milares, which includes the ‘Homunculi’ and ‘Anthropofauna’ series, Neanderthal was one of the best works in the exhibition.’
    • ‘While not well preserved, the elegant carving of the zoomorphic chair displays elongated proportions similar to those seen on the Megiddo ivory.’
    • ‘While the story, the script, and the five ornate zoomorphic initials accord well with our expectations of the elite Komnenian book culture, the images seem incongruous.’
    • ‘Similar zoomorphic masks are found in the contemporary iconography of Maya thrones, as, for example, the basal motifs in the bench of Copan Structure 18.’
    • ‘There are three quite extraordinary heads - grotesque, zoomorphic human masks, 66 cm high and 138 cm wide, where animal forms are combined with human features.’
    • ‘This cap is always ornamented with designs (geometric, zoomorphic, and anthropomorphic) in variegated colors similar to those found on initiation panels.’
    • ‘Set on waist-high stands, the colorful abstract objects, some with gold and silver metallic glazes, at first suggest zoomorphic shapes or architectural forms.’
    • ‘Other materials found during the digs were a flint knife, zoomorphic penannular brooch, decorated bone comb, bronze age pottery and arrowheads.’
    • ‘Examples of these zoomorphic brooches are the stag and fish.’
    • ‘There are two types of sculpted zoomorphic figures: generic four-legged animals and figures of specific animals.’
    • ‘These pipes were often carved in zoomorphic forms.’
    • ‘The diverse themes represented in the decoration include mythical and historical figures, folk tales, zoomorphic imagery, plants, flowers, birds, and other animals.’


Late 19th century: from zoo- ‘of animals’ + Greek morphē ‘form’ + -ic.