morpho-, morph-, -morphous, -morphically, -morphia, -morphosis, -morphously, -morphy, -morphic, -morphism
(Greek: shape, form, figure, appearance)
Origins of morpho- words
The Roman god of sleep is Somnus; so, when we are sleepy, we are "somnolent". Sleep walking is "somnambulism" which in Latin means exactly the same thing; that is, "sleepwalking".
The son of Somnus is Morpheus, the god of dreams, indicating that sleep gives birth to dreams. Morpheus goes back through Latin to the Greek word for "form" or "shape" because dreams are forms and shapes developed in the mind while sleeping.
2. Regarding human behavior as equivalent to animal behavior: Jack's mother thought that her son acted in a zoomorphic manner when devouring his meal at the dinner table.
3. Concerning a deity (a god or a goddess) or a human that has an animal form or attributes: One zoomorphic creature from the Greek myths is the Centaur which had the head, arms, and chest of a man and the body and legs of a horse.
Another zoomorphic human is a mermaid which has the upper body of a woman and the lower body (from about the stomach area) of a fish.
2. The fact of conceiving or representing a deity as having an animal form: In ancient Egyptian religion, gods were portrayed in an animal form, which shows it being not only a piece of art, but also important in a religious context, and known as zoomorphism.
3. The attribution of animal characteristics or qualities to a god: Airavata is the king god of elephants which appears in Indian mythology and is another example of zoomorphism.
4. The use of animal forms in symbolism, literature, or graphic representation: Zoomorphism, for example, is found in Islamic art.
2. Formation of structures in plants as a result of animal agents: A gall on a plant is a product of animal activity and is known as zoomorphosis.
In irregular flowers, other floral parts may be modified from the regular form, but the petals show the greatest deviation from radial symmetry.
Examples of zygomorphic flowers may be seen in orchids and members of the pea family.