meta·​mor·​phic | \ ˌme-tə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce metamorphic (audio) \

Definition of metamorphic

1 : of or relating to metamorphosis
2 of a rock : of, relating to, or produced by metamorphism

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metamorphically \ ˌme-​tə-​ˈmȯr-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce metamorphically (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web Celeste will showcase some rare minerals and crystals, including Madagascar rose quartz, selenite, quartz crystal moons and lapis Lazuli, a metamorphic rock prized since antiquity and used as a semi-precious stone in her jewelry. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "Pulizzi, Griffin to deliver keynotes at BW event: Around The Town," 28 Feb. 2020 One of the great advantages of metamorphic manufacturing is its ability to closely tailor materials just like a blacksmith might. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How Robotic Blacksmithing Could Change Manufacturing Forever," 12 Dec. 2019 Sugar, which Caporicci recruits from a mixture of glucose, fructose and organic cane sugar, radiates sweetness while regulating freezing water’s metamorphic transformation. Ali Bouzari,, "The molecular science behind a Larkspur shop’s blueberry ice cream," 27 Sep. 2019 Phantom Fireworks has 78 vendors around the United States, and a whole department of the company is dedicated to parsing the metamorphic nature of local fireworks laws. Luke Winkie, Vox, "Anime brings in more than $19 billion a year. Its artists are earning barely enough to survive.," 2 July 2019 The huge quantities of igneous and metamorphic rocks in the Appalachian Mountains mean that the power grids sitting atop them will suffer greatly the next time the sun gets its rage on. National Geographic, "Solar storms can be even worse if you live near certain rocks," 18 Mar. 2019 In just a few short years, Vogue cover girl Zendaya has churned out a lifetime’s worth of metamorphic beauty looks. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Zendaya’s 20 Best Rule-Breaking Hair Moments on the Red Carpet," 9 May 2019 There are huddles of the Spanish delicacy percebes (goose barnacles); clusters of indigo mussels clinging to black metamorphic nobs. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 As a type of metamorphic rock that’s generally not foliated (AKA not comprised of layers of stone), quality marble is often made of either calcium carbonate or magnesium carbonate. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Having a Marble Countertop," 5 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of metamorphic

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Metamorphic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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meta·​mor·​phic | \ ˌme-tə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce metamorphic (audio) \

Kids Definition of metamorphic

: formed by the action of pressure, heat, and water that results in a more compact form a metamorphic rock


meta·​mor·​phic | \ ˌmet-ə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce metamorphic (audio) \

Medical Definition of metamorphic

: of or relating to metamorphosis

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