Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

theri(o)- Also thero-.

An animal.

[Greek thērion, wild animal; thēr, beast.]

Something theriomorphic (Greek morphē, form) has an animal form; a deity that is therianthropic (Greek anthrōpos, human being) combines the form of an animal with that of a man; a therian is a member of a major group of mammals that comprises the marsupials and placental animals, belonging to the subclass Theria (the plural of thērion). A theropod (Greek pous, pod-, foot) is a member of a group of carnivorous dinosaurs.

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