Definition of zoophily in US English:



  • 1Emotional attachment to, or love of, animals; opposition to cruelty to animals. Also occasionally: sexual attraction to, or activity with, animals. Now chiefly historical and somewhat rare.

  • 2Ecology. Pollination by animals. Also: specifically pollination by vertebrate animals as distinct from insects.

  • 3Biology. The tendency of a parasitic organism (especially a mosquito) to prefer feeding or living on animals rather than humans; the state of being zoophilic.


Mid 19th century. From zoo- + -phily.