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1[mass noun] (in an insect or amphibian) the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages.‘the persistence of the larval tail during metamorphosis’[count noun] ‘in insects with a complete metamorphosis the wings arise from thickenings of the epidermis’
- ‘the larval forms of insects, but also of certain other creatures which undergo the process of metamorphosis in reaching the adult form.’
- ‘All flies undergo complete metamorphosis with egg, larval, pupal, and adult stages in their development.’
- ‘This is followed by a discussion of metamorphosis in insects and amphibians.’
- ‘If sufficient stimuli are present, the physiological process of metamorphosis is initiated within the larvae.’
- ‘During the final instar, the tissues within the larval cuticle change to those of the adult, a process known as metamorphosis.’
- 1.1A change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one.‘his metamorphosis from presidential candidate to talk-show host’
transformation, mutation, transmutation, transfiguration, change, alteration, conversion, variation, modification, remodelling, restyling, reconstruction, reordering, reorganization, sea changetransmogrificationtransubstantiationView synonyms
- ‘That, then, is the latest metamorphosis of ‘base football player’.’
- ‘The credits went through a handful of metamorphoses before the show debuted in summer 2007.’
- ‘The cast handle this metamorphosis excellently.’
- ‘This metamorphosis has happened because while I'm happy to embrace country living I like it to be wrapped up in a duck-down duvet of urban comfort.’
- ‘When it comes to national security, however, no one can say with assurance whether her metamorphosis is genuine.’
- ‘Table 4 captures this metamorphosis in major party support in a different way.’
- ‘Later, we see her in real terror as Namtar's metamorphosis takes hold and changes her very being.’
- ‘This political metamorphosis is not the one chronicled this week by the mainstream press in both Mexico and the United States.’
- ‘Moralising interpretations generally explained physical metamorphosis as the external manifestation of the bestial nature within.’
- ‘The derision into which the Cult of the Supreme Being fell after the overthrow of the Jacobins did not discredit the theme, which underwent a series of conservative metamorphoses in the 19th century.’
- ‘Poster proceeds to outline his own metamorphosis over nine chapters.’
- ‘The twist is that this metamorphosis is emphasized by the fact that the young heroine, Ginger, is simultaneously becoming a werewolf.’
- ‘After the second-half metamorphosis, it has suddenly become clear that there will be real competition for places come the summer.’
- ‘In its metamorphosis from novella to film, it wisely maintains the convention of narration, but unwisely pushes it to the wayside.’
- ‘So what kind of metamorphosis does the photograph as a form of animation effectuate?’
- ‘Yet a slow but steady metamorphosis is taking place.’
- ‘Although he has seemed to stay frozen in time, Bond has actually undergone a series of very subtle metamorphoses.’
- ‘Larry, of course, has gotten a few laughs out of Laurie's metamorphosis.’
- ‘A close examination of the fresco reveals a series of allusions to metamorphosis.’
- ‘It uses the narrative as a way to investigate the notion of architectural metamorphosis and redemption, and it does so by means of powerful installation pieces.’
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek metamorphōsis, from metamorphoun transform, change shape.
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