Your favorite TV shows when you were a toddler probably had anthropomorphic characters like Thomas the Tank Engine or Arthur, who are non-human, but have human characteristics, such as human faces and the ability to talk.

You may have heard of anthropology, the study of human beings. Like anthropomorphic, it derives from the Greek word anthrĊposi, which means "human being." One thing human beings like to do is anthropomorphize animals and inanimate objects. If that sounds fancy, just think about a kindergarten student putting a smiley face on his drawing of a sun.

Definitions of anthropomorphic

adj suggesting human characteristics for animals or inanimate things

anthropomorphous, humanlike
having human form or attributes as opposed to those of animals or divine beings