Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Zoozoo noun [ Of imitative origin.] (Zoology) The wood pigeon. [ Prov. Eng.]

Zope noun [ G.] (Zoology) A European fresh-water bream ( Abramis ballerus ).

Zopilote noun [ Spanish ] (Zoology) The urubu, or American black vulture.

Zoril noun (Zoology) Same as Zorilla .

Zorilla noun [ Spanish zorilla , zorillo , dim. of zorra , zorro , a fox: confer French zorille .] (Zoology) Either one of two species of small African carnivores of the genus Ictonyx allied to the weasels and skunks. [ Written also zoril , and zorille .]

» The best-known species ( Ictonyx zorilla ) has black shiny fur with white bands and spots. It has anal glands which produce a very offensive secretion, similar to that of the skunk. It feeds upon birds and their eggs and upon small mammals, and is often very destructive to poultry. It is sometimes tamed by the natives, and kept to destroy rats and mice. Called also mariput , Cape polecat , and African polecat . The name is sometimes erroneously applied to the American skunk.

Zoroastrian adjective Of or pertaining to Zoroaster , or his religious system.

Zoroastrian noun A follower of Zoroaster; one who accepts Zoroastrianism.

Zoroastrianism noun The religious system of Zoroaster, the legislator and prophet of the ancient Persians, which was the national faith of Persia; mazdeism. The system presupposes a good spirit (Ormuzd) and an opposing evil spirit (Ahriman). Confer Fire worship , under Fire , and Parsee .

Zoroastrism noun Same as Zoroastrianism . Tylor.

Zoster noun [ Latin , from Greek ... girdle, zoster. See Zone .] (Medicine) Shingles.

Zoöloger noun A zoölogist. Boyle.

Zoölogical adjective [ Confer French zoologique .] Of or pertaining to zoölogy, or the science of animals.

Zoölogically adverb In a zoölogical manner; according to the principles of zoölogy.

Zoölogist noun [ Confer French zoologiste .] One who is well versed in zoölogy.

Zoölogize intransitive verb To study zoölogy; esp., to collect animals for study.

Zoölogy noun ; plural Zoölogies . [ Zoö- + - logy : confer French zoologie . See Zodiac .]


1. That part of biology which relates to the animal kingdom, including the structure, embryology, evolution, classification, habits, and distribution of all animals, both living and extinct.

2. A treatise on this science.

Zoömelanin noun [ Zoö- + melanin .] (Physiol. Chem.) A pigment giving the black color to the feathers of many birds.

Zoömorphic adjective [ Zoö- + Greek ... form.] Of or pertaining to zoömorphism.

Zoömorphism noun
1. The transformation of men into beasts. [ R.] Smart.

2. The quality of representing or using animal forms; as, zoömorphism in ornament.

3. The representation of God, or of gods, in the form, or with the attributes, of the lower animals.

To avoid the error of anthropomorphism, we fall into the vastly greater, and more absurd, error of zoömorphism .
Mivart.

Zoön noun ; plural Zoa . [ New Latin , from Greek zw^,on an animal.] (Zoology) (a) An animal which is the sole product of a single egg; -- opposed to zooid . H. Spencer. (b) Any one of the perfectly developed individuals of a compound animal.

Zoönic adjective [ Greek zw^,on an animal: confer French zoonique .] Of or pertaining to animals; obtained from animal substances.

Zoönite noun (Zoology) (a) One of the segments of the body of an articulate animal. (b) One of the theoretic transverse divisions of any segmented animal.

Zoönomy noun [ Zoö- + Greek ... a law: confer French zoonomie .] The laws of animal life, or the science which treats of the phenomena of animal life, their causes and relations.

Zoönule noun [ Dim. from Greek zw^,on an animal.] (Zoology) Same as Zoönite .

Zoöpathology noun [ Zoö- + pathology .] Animal pathology.

Zoöphaga noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... animal + ... to eat.] (Zoology) An artificial group comprising various carnivorous and insectivorous animals.

Zoöphagan noun (Zoology) A animal that feeds on animal food.

Zoöphagous adjective [ Greek ...; zw^,on an animal + ... to eat.] Feeding on animals.

» This is a more general term than either sarcophagous or carnivorous .

Zoöphilist noun [ Zoö- + Greek ... to love.] A lover of animals. Southey.

Zoöphily noun Love of animals.

Zoöphite noun A zoöphyte. [ R.]

Zoöphoric adjective [ Greek ...; zw^,on an animal + ... to bear; confer French zoophorique .] Bearing or supporting the figure of an animal; as, a zoöphoric column.

Zoöphorous noun [ Latin , from Greek .... See Zoöphoric .] (Anc. Arch.) The part between the architrave and cornice; the frieze; -- so called from the figures of animals carved upon it.

Zoöphyta noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek zw^,on an animal + fyto`n a plant.] (Zoology) An extensive artificial and heterogeneous group of animals, formerly adopted by many zoölogists. It included the cœlenterates, echinoderms, sponges, Bryozoa, Protozoa, etc.

» Sometimes the name is restricted to the Cœlentera, or to the Anthozoa.

Zoöphyte noun [ French zoophyte , Greek ...; zw^,on an animal + ... plant, akin to ... to be born, to be. See Zodiac , and Be , intransitive verb ] (Zoology) (a) Any one of numerous species of invertebrate animals which more or less resemble plants in appearance, or mode of growth, as the corals, gorgonians, sea anemones, hydroids, bryozoans, sponges, etc., especially any of those that form compound colonies having a branched or treelike form, as many corals and hydroids. (b) Any one of the Zoöphyta.

Zoöphytic, Zoöphytical adjective [ Confer French zoophytique .] (Zoology) Of or pertaining to zoöphytes.

Zoöphytoid adjective [ Zoöphyte + -oid .] (Zoology) Pertaining to, or resembling, a zoöphyte.

Zoöphytological adjective [ Confer French zoophytologique .] Of or pertaining to zoöphytology; as, zoöphytological observations.

Zoöphytology noun [ Zoöphyte + -logy : confer French zoophytologie .] The natural history zoöphytes.

Zoöpraxiscope noun [ Zoö- + Greek ... a doing, an acting (from ... to do) + - scope .] An instrument similar to, or the same as, the, the phenakistoscope, by means of which pictures projected upon a screen are made to exhibit the natural movements of animals, and the like.

Zoöpsychology noun [ Zoö- + psychology .] Animal psychology.

Zoösperm noun [ Zoö- + sperm .] (Biol.) One of the spermatic particles; spermatozoid.

Zoösporangium noun ; plural -sporangia . [ New Latin See Zoö- , and Sporangium .] (Botany) A spore, or conceptacle containing zoöspores.

Zoöspore noun [ Zoö- + spore .]


1. (Botany) A spore provided with one or more slender cilia, by the vibration of which it swims in the water. Zoöspores are produced by many green, and by some olive-brown, algæ. In certain species they are divided into the larger macrozoöspores and the smaller microzoöspores. Called also sporozoid , and swarmspore .

2. (Zoology) See Swarmspore .

Zoösporic adjective Of or pertaining to zoöspores; of the nature of zoöspores.

Zoötic adjective [ Greek zw^,on an animal.] Containing the remains of organized bodies; -- said of rock or soil.

Zoötomical adjective [ Confer French zootomique .] Of or pertaining to zoötomy.

Zoötomist noun [ Confer French zootomiste .] One who dissects animals, or is skilled in zoötomy.

Zoötomy noun [ Zoö- + Greek ... to cut: confer French zootomie .] The dissection or the anatomy of animals; -- distinguished from androtomy .

Zoötrophic adjective [ Greek .... See Zoö- , and Trophic .] (Physiol.) Of or pertaining to the nourishment of animals.