Word of Week (WOW) – Zoomorphic

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Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly challenge created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.

To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link).

I’m up to the letter Z this week another letter with limited choice, so I’ll be happy to get back to starting the alphabet again.

So, here is my WOW for this week: 





zoo-morphic (UK)  

zo-o-mor-phic  [zoh-uhmawr-fik]  (U.S)

Part of Speech: 


Related Forms:

Noun: zoomorph; zoomorphism


  1. of or relating to a deity or other being conceived of as having the form of an animal:
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Pavement mosaic with the head of Pan. Roman artwork, Antonine period (138-192 CE). Public Domain

Pavement mosaic with the head of Pan. Roman artwork, Antonine period (138-192 CE). Public Domain

2. characterised by a highly stylised or conventionalised representation of animal forms:

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Zoomorphic decoration from the Book of Kells. Uploaded by Soerfin. Public Domain

3. representing, or using, animal forms:

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In Hinduism, the cow is the symbol of wealth, strength, abundance, selfless giving and a full Earthly life. Attribution: copyrighted to Himalayan Academy Publications, Kapaa Kauai, Hawaii. Commons




Word Origin:

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

Use in a Sentence:

1. The Egyptian gods were often depicted as zoomorphic.

2. It was a very warm day when we visited the street fair, and one young man had taken off his shirt, revealing a zoomorphic tattoo on his left shoulder:

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Vincent Gallo tattoo at the Urban Bear strees Fair. Author: istolethetv. Commons

3. The White Horse at Uffington is thought to be a zoomorphic representation of some symbol or belief of a tribe of Ancient Britons, possibly the Artrebates:

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The White Horse at Uffington, Oxfordshire, UK. Author: USGS. Public Domain

The White Horse at Uffington, Oxfordshire, UK. Author: USGS. Public Domain

If you’d like to see more interesting words visit Heena’s page:

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About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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22 Responses to Word of Week (WOW) – Zoomorphic

  1. Big word to describe the animal headed humans. The Egyptian one is well known.

  2. Bekki Hill says:

    Good word choice – mind usually the mere fact a word begins with Z makes it appealing to me. Love the White Horse at Uffington.

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you, Bekki. We lived in Wantage (King Alfred’s town) for six years in the 70s, and visited the White Horse and Wayland’s Smithy regularly. I love the Ridgeway and the Vale of White Horse, and have very happy memories of living there.The area features a lot in my second book – even the White Horse gets a mention.

  3. exiledprospero says:

    “Have you heard Zoomorphic Dreams, the latest album from The Longbills?” asked Thoth, eyeing that tall glass of prawns in a delicious Marie Rose sauce.

  4. Great word and lovely illustrations!

  5. Aquileana says:

    This is a great word with a considerable amount of cultural attachments on it! …
    All my best wishes, dear Millie. Aquileana 😉

  6. Joy Pixley says:

    Always loved that word — and what great examples you found!

  7. irinadim says:

    Great way to learn a new word. Wonderful illustrations. Thanks, Millie. 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you, Irina. I’ve been through the alphabet now with this challenge and the last few letters were the most difficult to choose interesting words from (and find suitable illustrations for).I’m not sure whether to start again, or finish the challenge now. I really do need to spend more time on my next book. It’s difficult, because I’ve enjoyed doing WOW.:)

      • irinadim says:

        I’d love you to continue the challenge, but it’s hard to do both your next book and this challenge. I enjoyed your first book very much and am ready to start the second. Will eventually write a short review. Good luck with your third book. 🙂

      • milliethom says:

        Thank you so much for the lovely comment about my book. The second one is more about Alfred than Eadwulf, so I’d be interested in you views on that. As for continuing with WOW, I think I probably will. I’ll just give this week a rest and start again with ‘A’ next weekend. I do like doing it and – other than finding suitable pics to illustrate the word’s meaning, it doesn’t take too long. 🙂

      • irinadim says:

        My pleasure , Millie, and fantastic news! I’m looking forward to your alphabet posts. Now it’s my turn to be jealous: I don’t know how to upload so many pics and arrange them in the post as you do, and you even say it doesn’t take too long. It would take me a week! 🙂

      • milliethom says:

        I wouldn’t have known how to upload pics either, Irina, without initial instuction from my more techno-minded daughter, who also had a WP blog. She comes in very useful at times! Sorry for the late reply. We’ve had no internet connection since Sat. Morning. (The third time in two months!). I’m at my other daughter’s house in Lincoln to do this. We having anew supplier later this week because BT have been abysmal. I’ll hav a lot of catching up to do by then unless I drive out here again. 🙂

  8. Perfect illustrations for the word! Interesting choice for the alphabet “Z”! I wouldn’t think of the same word if I were you 😛 Good job Millie! 🙂

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