Definition of metamorphosis
1a : change of physical form, structure, or substance especially by supernatural means the metamorphosis of humans into animalsb : a striking alteration in appearance, character, or circumstances The company has gone through a series of metamorphoses.
2 : a typically marked and more or less abrupt developmental change in the form or structure of an animal (such as a butterfly or a frog) occurring subsequent to birth or hatching the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies
Examples of metamorphosis in a Sentence
We have watched her metamorphosis from a shy schoolgirl into a self-confident businesswoman.
a company that has gone through a series of metamorphoses
The government has undergone political metamorphosis since his election.
the metamorphosis of tadpoles into frogs
The class learned about how caterpillars undergo metamorphosis to become butterflies.
Recent Examples of metamorphosis from the Web
There are no clear indications that these animals underwent metamorphosis, and indeed the pelvic girdles and limbs of at least some taxa (only a few provide the sufficient data) ossified early in development (Olori 2015).
Back in 2015, at a summer course in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, some graduate students had a relatively simple idea that would enable them to get a closer look into this metamorphosis.
The Sox, however, do belong in the broader conversation about how this flurry of activity reflects how each of our city's sports teams, with the exception of the World Series champion Cubs, is experiencing a metamorphosis.
The renovation will be the second metamorphosis for the nearly 81-year-old park.
The ideal of manicured green blades for front yards is undergoing something of a metamorphosis as the pressure is on to preserve natural resources.
The wads of gum might fade or darken, or shrink and crack, which could be visually or conceptually pleasing to some viewers who consider the metamorphosis part of Colen’s aesthetic.
The works were inspired by those rides, but also how the same landscapes started to change over years - a metamorphosis that burned a hole into Cochran's memory.
In its call for artists’ submissions last fall, the Fremont Art Review Board chose a theme of metamorphosis to represent the changes transforming downtown into a vibrant social gathering hub.
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Did You Know?
Many ancient myths end in a metamorphosis. As Apollo is chasing the nymph Daphne, she calls on her river-god father for help and he turns her into a laurel tree to save her. Out of anger and jealousy, the goddess Athena turns the marvelous weaver Arachne into a spider that will spin only beautiful webs. But natural substances may also metamorphose, or undergo metamorphosis. Heat and pressure over thousands of years may eventually turn tiny organisms into petroleum, and coal into diamonds. And the most beloved of natural metamorphoses (notice how this plural is formed) is probably the transformation of caterpillars into butterflies.
Origin and Etymology of metamorphosis
Latin, from Greek metamorphōsis, from metamorphoun to transform, from meta- + morphē form
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
METAMORPHOSIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of metamorphosis for English Language Learners
: a major change in the appearance or character of someone or something
biology : a major change in the form or structure of some animals or insects that happens as the animal or insect becomes an adult
METAMORPHOSIS Defined for Kids
Definition of metamorphosis for Students
1 : a great change in appearance or character
2 : the process of great and usually rather sudden change in the form and habits of some animals during transformation from an immature stage (as a caterpillar) to an adult stage (as a butterfly)
Medical Definition of metamorphosis
1: change of physical form, structure, or substance
2: a marked and more or less abrupt developmental change in the form or structure of an animal (as a butterfly or a frog) occurring subsequent to birth or hatching
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