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Denoting or relating to rock that has undergone transformation by heat, pressure, or other natural agencies, e.g. in the folding of strata or the nearby intrusion of igneous rocks.‘metamorphic gneisses’
- ‘The basement of the Precordillera and Chilenia terranes are Grenville-age igneous and metamorphic rocks.’
- ‘Paleoproterozoic igneous and metamorphic rocks along with Paleozoic sedimentary rocks make up the basement complex of the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado.’
- ‘The contacts between the complex and the Archaean metamorphic rocks are intrusive.’
- ‘Most of these are on igneous and metamorphic rock to minimize groundwater losses.’
- ‘Corundum occurs as an accessory mineral in some metamorphic rocks, such as mica schist, gneiss, and crystalline limestone.’
2Of or marked by metamorphosis.‘the supermodels' metamorphic ability to bend their looks’
- ‘Her biomorphic forms are more metamorphic, suggesting growth and regeneration, as well as body metaphors.’
- ‘In Julie's case, she will be able to combine both her love for the metamorphic technique with her farming role.’
- ‘Carl was born in the Netherlands in 1898 and died in 1972, but his distorted, repetitive and metamorphic artwork continues to inspire people and fascinated the pupils.’
- ‘What makes him cool is his metamorphic properties.’
- ‘Like his metamorphic music, Stochansky's own life is abound with steady shifts and controlled chaos.’
- ‘However, a little-known, non-invasive practice called the metamorphic technique can be learned in just a few hours, and is a valuable skill for life.’
- ‘As reported earlier, there is a sect among the spider group that has metamorphic ability.’
- ‘Pune's metamorphic rise should enthuse other Governments to compete with it.’
- ‘The actor's metamorphic performance, meanwhile, took on the concept of acting itself.’
- ‘Her nose was buried so deeply into a book on metamorphic abilities; she did not hear the knock at the large cedar double doors, which led into the library from the great hall.’
Early 19th century: from meta- (denoting a change of condition) + Greek morphē ‘form’ + -ic.
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