the worship of or excessive attention to animals.
Remnants of the old Semitic zoolatry perpetuated themselves until the end of paganism and even later.
The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism Franz Cumont
Clemens Alexandrinus, again, after describing the animal-worship of the Egyptians, mentions cases of zoolatry in Greece.
Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1 Andrew Lang
zoolatry is intertwisted with the earliest and most widespread law of prohibited degrees.
Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
(esp in ancient or primitive religions) the worship of animals as the incarnations of certain deities, symbols of particular qualities or natural forces, etc
extreme or excessive devotion to animals, particularly domestic pets
- Zoological garden
(def 1). Historical Examples She remembered clearly seeing one of the latter at a zoological garden. Linda Condon Joseph Hergesheimer It adjoins Wade Park, where are a zoological garden and a lake. The Greatest Highway in the World Anonymous He continued to be especially interested in zoology and made liberal contributions to the Dublin zoological […]
measurement of the proportionate lengths or sizes of the parts of animals. noun the branch of zoology concerned with the relative length or size of the different parts of an animal or animals
any parasitic animal or protozoan. a of animals. zooparasite zo·o·par·a·site (zō’ə-pār’ə-sīt’) n. An animal parasite.
abnormal fear of animals. noun an unusual or morbid dread of animals n. 1901, from comb. form of Greek zoion “animal” (see zoo) + -phobia. Related: Zoophobic; zoophobe. zoophobia zo·o·pho·bi·a (zō’ə-fō’bē-ə) n. An abnormal fear of animals.