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  1. A cookie in the shape of a foot.
  2. A cookie in the shape of foot.

Is foot without an article OK? If so, what does it mean exactly?

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In your examples

A cookie in the shape of a foot.

is grammatically correct

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A cookie in the shape of foot.

is grammatically incorrect, however

A cookie in the shape of feet.

is grammatically correct and could mean a single cookie which looks like more than one foot

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or multiple feet made from a single type of cookie (dough)

Fookies can be made from a traditional sugar cookie recipe.

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    I'm impressed -- it would never have occurred to me to look for illustrations! Commented Jun 29, 2016 at 10:33
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    I'm more than impressed; I'm flabbergasted. How on Earth did @Peter find a photograph of a cookie die in the shape of two feet! Apparently he has such things just lying around in case they are needed someday. Mirabile dictu! Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 5:00
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No, 2. doesn't seem correct. It sounds strange. I think this is because this "foot" is unspecified. So we need an article to signal that it is unspecified. By using the article a, it implies that the cookie has the general shape of a foot--any foot, a typical foot.

a cookie in the shape of a foot.

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