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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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 The only way to connect the two main buildings was by burrowing down, and the first stage of construction involved more than a year of excavation, during which 9,000 tons of amphibolite, a metamorphic rock, were relocated. Natalia Rachlin, WSJ, "A New Museum is Putting This Swiss Alps Town on the Map," 12 Dec. 2018 The researchers think the carbonate moved in long after the sediment had turned to rock, during that chemical-swapping metamorphic stage. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "New study argues against some of the oldest evidence for life," 18 Oct. 2018 But the top 3,000 feet—the mountain's peak—is actually harder and older metamorphic rock. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Part of the Alps' Matterhorn Is in Africa," 23 July 2018 His paintings were often an emotional response to metamorphic periods of his time, such as the Enlightenment. Tina Ferraro, Teen Vogue, "Photographer Rocio Badiola’s Photo Series Shows off Francisco Goya-Inspired Makeup Looks," 15 June 2018 The British actress Andrea Riseborough is one of those metamorphic changelings so different from film to film, role to role, that few people realize she’s even out there. Ty Burr,, "‘Nancy’ presents a mother and child reunion that is — or maybe isn’t," 13 June 2018 All around him, eras of the country’s past are shoved together like layers of metamorphic rock. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Congo, a new national museum renews quest to reclaim history," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of metamorphic

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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