theriomorphic
adjective Etymology: Greek thēriomorphos, from thērion wild animal + morphē form — more at treacle Date: 1882 having an animal form <
theriomorphic gods
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  • theriomorphic — [thir΄ē ō môr′fik] adj. [< Gr thēriomorphos (see THERIANTHROPIC & MORPH) + IC] conceived of as having the form of an animal: said of certain gods …   English World dictionary

  • theriomorphic — theriomorph, n. /thear ee euh mawr fik/, adj. (of deities) thought of or represented as having the form of beasts. Also, theriomorphous. [1880 85; < Gk theriómorph(os) beast shaped (therío(n) wild beast + morphos MORPHOUS) + IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • theriomorphic — adjective /θɪəɹiəˈmɔɹfɪk/ having the form of a beast …   Wiktionary

  • theriomorphic — [ˌθɪərɪə(ʊ) mɔ:fɪk] adjective (especially of a deity) having an animal form. Origin C19: from Gk thērion wild animal + morph + ic …   English new terms dictionary

  • theriomorphic — the·rio·mor·phic …   English syllables

  • theriomorphic — the•ri•o•mor•phic [[t]ˌθɪər i əˈmɔr fɪk[/t]] also the ri•o•mor′phous adj. (of deities) thought of or represented as having the form of animals • Etymology: 1880–85; < Gk thēriómorph(os) beast shaped (thērío(n) wild beast + morphos morphous) +… …   From formal English to slang

  • theriomorphic — /ˌθɪərioʊˈmɔfɪk/ (say .thearreeoh mawfik) adjective (of deities) conceived or represented as having the form of beasts. Also, theriomorphous. {Greek thēriomorphos having the shape of a wild beast + ic} …   Australian English dictionary

  • theriomorphic —   a. having form of an animal.    ♦ theriomorphism, n. such representation of a god.    ♦ theriomorphous, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • theriomorphic — adj. (esp. of a deity) having an animal form. Etymology: as THERIANTHROPIC + Gk morphe form …   Useful english dictionary

  • religious symbolism and iconography — Introduction       respectively, the basic and often complex artistic forms and gestures used as a kind of key to convey religious concepts and the visual, auditory, and kinetic representations of religious ideas and events. Symbolism and… …   Universalium

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