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cynomorphism

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

cyno- +‎ -morphism

NounEdit

cynomorphism (uncountable)

  1. (nonce word) The manner in which a dog sees the world, including the attribution of doglike characteristics to non-canine animals, especially humans.
    • 1892, Louis Robinson, "Canine Morals and Manners", The Popular Science Monthly, December 1892, page 177:
      This should teach us to bear in mind that there is, affecting the dog's point of view, almost undoubtedly such a thing as cynomorphism, and that he has his peculiar and limited ideas of life and range of mental vision, and therefore perforce makes his artificial surroundings square with them.
    • 2004, Stanley Coren, How Dogs Think: Understanding the Canine Mind, Free Press (2004), ISBN 0743288149, page 290:
      Without anthropomorphism on our part and cynomorphism on the dog's part, it is unlikely that dogs could have been successfully domesticated and eventually come to live in our homes and serve as companions and workmates.
    • 2008, Dario Martinelli & Kristian Bankov, "Bankov's Razor Versus Martinelli's Canon: A Confrontation Around Biosemiotics", Biosemiotics, Volume 1, Issue 3, December 2008, page 413:
      Finally, this definition implies the Razor-friendly dualism Nature/Culture, by using a two-way-only approach, from animals to humans and back (zoomorphism), without the pluralistic biosemiotic-friendly suggestion there might be, say, a cynomorphism or at least an icthyomorphism.