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"The moose personifies Maine's wilderness."

I know personify isn't correct since it's not ascribing human form to the wilderness, but it does animate it and bring it to life in a way.

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Perhaps embody is an alternative in this situation.

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That's the word I was looking for! Thanks =] – Hartley Brody Nov 16 '11 at 2:09

I don't know if there is a specific word that applies to animals, but epitomizes would work for just about anything, including an animal.

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As an animal equivalent of 'personify' since this latter word seems to apply only to humans, I suggest using the Latin word animus, which means spirit or other related things (check your Latin dictionary) to form the word 'animify', which would connote the meaningful concept being ignored in an anthropocentric culture such as ours.

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Is this word in circulation? Or are you suggesting the OP use a coined term? – MετάEd Mar 30 at 17:47

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