Serena Williams on the attribution of nonhuman animal traits to human beings, deities, or inanimate objects. 2. the use of nonhuman animal psychology or physiology to explain human behavior. Compare anthropomorphism. zoopharmacognosy n. the ability of nonhuman animals to select plants and plant parts (leaves, pith, etc.) for medicinal purposes to reduce fevers or eliminate parasites. Serena Williams 2016.