The term anthropomorphism, was first used in the mid-1700s and derives from the Greek words ἄνθρωπος (ánthrōpos), “human”, and μορφή (morphē), “shape” or “form”.
According to Wikipedia: “Anthropomorphism has ancient roots as a literary device in storytelling, and also in art. Most cultures have traditional fables with anthropomorphised animals, who can stand or talk as if human, as characters.”
It is defined as the attribution of human form or other characteristics to anything other than a human being. A prime example can be found in the depiction of deities/God as being human in its form – but other examples also include the idea of ascribing human emotions/motives to nature (ie: Mother Earth, etc.).