zoo-, zoa-, zo-, -zoic, -zoid, -zoite, -zoal, -zonal, -zooid, -zoon, -zoa, -zoan

(Greek: animal, animals; living beings; life)

zoopraxiscope (s) (nouns), zoopraxiscopes (pl)
A series of projected images of slides placed on a large disk and shown on a screen: The lecturer Dr. Timmons used a zoopraxiscope so he could illustrate his lecture by showing animals in motion."

Eadweard Muybridge spent most of 1881-1882 in Paris and London exhibiting the zoopraxiscope and lecturing on animal motion.

The zoopraxiscope (pronounced ZOH uh PRAKS uh skohp), invented by the British photographer Eadweard Muybridge and first shown in 1879, was a primitive version of the later motion picture devices which worked by showing a sequence of still photographs in rapid succession.

Muybridge, perhaps best known today for his sequence of photographs of a race horse in motion (which proved for the first time that at top speed all feet leave the ground), studied photography in the early 1860s with daguerrotypist Silas Selleck and later achieved recognition for his photographs of the Yosemite Valley and other scenes of the American Far West.

The zoopraxiscope emerged out of his studies of motion as shown in sequences of still photographs. His eleven-volume work, Animal Locomotion, published in 1887, contained over 100,000 photographs. In 1893, he lectured at "Zoopraxigraphical Hall" at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

The zoopraxiscope, along with the zoetrope and the thaumatrope, could be considered forerunners of today's motion display technologies (including the "animated GIF" and "video display technologies" such as streaming videos), all of which create an effect of motion by presenting discrete but closely-related images one after the other.

zoopraxographist (s) (noun), zoopraxographists (pl)
Someone who is a specialist in the subject of the way animals make progress from one position to another one: A zoopraxographist studies and records the various ways certain animals walk and run.
zoopraxography (s) (noun), zoopraxographies (pl)
1. Locomotion of animals: Zoopraxography is the study of the way quadrupeds (four-footed animals) go from one place to another location.
2. The analysis and graphic descriptions of animal movements: Examples of zoopraxography include presentations of how animals move around.

Pointing to a page about zoopraxography. Origin of the word zoopraxography.

zoopsia (s) (noun), zoopsias (pl)
An hallucinatory vision of animals in which the sufferer imagines he or she sees animals that are not there: When Jill was gravely sick and delirious, she started seeing donkeys and goats that weren't there at all, and her doctor said that she was suffering from a delusion termed zoopsia.
zoopsychology (s) (noun) (no pl)
1. A branch of psychology that studies animal behavior: Marc was especially interested in animals, and particularly in their conduct and mental processes, their responses, and their reactions to stimuli.
zoosaprophage (s) (noun), zoosaprophages (pl)
An organism that consumes decaying animal matter: In her biology book, Alice read about zoosaprophages that fed on dead animals and their liquid secretions.
zoosaprophagous (adjective) (not comparable)
Referring to an animal that feeds on the remains of other dead animals: Zoosaprophagous insects feed on the organic matter produced by other creatures.
zoosaprophagy (s) (noun) (no pl)
The animal consumption of decaying organic substances: The biology students watched a video showing insects and worms feeding on a dead rabbit in the forest, and learned that this process was termed zoosaprophagy.
zooscopy (s) (noun), zooscopies (pl)
1. The scientific observation of animals: Steve was a biologist who spent a lot of time doing zooscopies of all kinds of nonhuman creatures, including worms, to include in the scientific publication of his biology book.
2. Etymology: from Greek zoo-, "animal" + -scopy, "viewing, examining, observation."
A zoologist is observing the biological activities of worms.
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zoosemiotics (s) (noun) (no pl)
The study of animal communication: Zoosemiotics is the investigation of the methods by which animals use signaling as a form of communication, such as camouflage and courtship behavior.
zoosis (s) (noun), zooses (pl)
Any human disease caused by an animal; zoonosis; Zoosis can be transmitted to a person especially by animal parasites or by a rabbit dog bite.
zoosmosis (s) (noun) (no pl)
The process of osmosis in living animal tissues: Zoosmosis involves a movement of water, for example, from a lower solute concentration through a partly penetrable membrane to an area of higher solute concentration.
zoosphere (s) (noun) (no pl)
The world community of animals: Joan was lucky to find a book regarding zoosphere, or, in other words, a book about animals living on the same planet as people.
zoosporangiophore (s) (noun), zoosporangiophores (pl)
A structure bearing zoosporangia (sporangium in which zoospores develop): A zoosporangiophore is a receptacle that holds the sporangia, which is a case in which the zoospores, independently motile spores, are produced.
zoosporangium (s) (noun), zoosporangia (pl)
A capsule containing zoospores: A zoosporangium is a case that encloses the spores of some algae and fungi that are capable of independent movements.

Related "animal" units: anima-; faun-; therio-.

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