ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,
ersatz_read
ersatz_read
1word1day

Monday word: theriomorphic

theriomorphic (thîr′ē-ə-môr′fĭk) adj.
Depicted in or possessing the form of a beast.

Etymology:  late 1800s, Greek, therion, wild animal + morphe, shape

The word is most often used in reference to theriomorphic gods,
but I saw it here:
"His understanding of animal communication and display patterns was revelatory.  When he spoke about fish, his hands became fins, when he talked about wolves is eyes were those of a predator, and when he told tales about his geese his arms bcame wings tucked into his sides.  He wasn't athropomorphic, he was the opposite - theriomorphic - he became the animal he was describing."
  - Frans de Waal, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
Tags: adjective, greek, t, wordsmith: ersatz_read
Subscribe

  • Sunday Word: Cynosure

    cynosure [ sahy-n uh-sh oor, sin- uh- ] noun: 1 one that serves to direct or guide 2 a center of attraction or attention 3 (capitalised) the…

  • Sunday Word: Peroration

    peroration [per- uh- rey-sh uhn] noun: 1 the concluding part of a speech or discourse, in which the speaker or writer recapitulates the…

  • Wednesday Word: Ikat

    Ikat noun. Ikat, pronounced ee-kaht, refers to either the technique used to create this woven cloth or the cloth itself. This interesting textile…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments