Definition of metamorphosis in English:

metamorphosis

Pronunciation /ˌmɛtəˈmɔːfəsɪs//ˌmɛtəmɔːˈfəʊsɪs/

nounPlural metamorphoses

mass nounZoology
  • 1(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’
    • ‘If sufficient stimuli are present, the physiological process of metamorphosis is initiated within the larvae.’
    • ‘All flies undergo complete metamorphosis with egg, larval, pupal, and adult stages in their development.’
    • ‘During the final instar, the tissues within the larval cuticle change to those of the adult, a process known as metamorphosis.’
    • ‘This is followed by a discussion of metamorphosis in insects and amphibians.’
    • ‘the larval forms of insects, but also of certain other creatures which undergo the process of metamorphosis in reaching the adult form.’
    1. 1.1 A 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’
      • ‘This political metamorphosis is not the one chronicled this week by the mainstream press in both Mexico and the United States.’
      • ‘Table 4 captures this metamorphosis in major party support in a different way.’
      • ‘Although he has seemed to stay frozen in time, Bond has actually undergone a series of very subtle metamorphoses.’
      • ‘That, then, is the latest metamorphosis of ‘base football player’.’
      • ‘The cast handle this metamorphosis excellently.’
      • ‘Yet a slow but steady metamorphosis is taking place.’
      • ‘In its metamorphosis from novella to film, it wisely maintains the convention of narration, but unwisely pushes it to the wayside.’
      • ‘The credits went through a handful of metamorphoses before the show debuted in summer 2007.’
      • ‘A close examination of the fresco reveals a series of allusions to metamorphosis.’
      • ‘After the second-half metamorphosis, it has suddenly become clear that there will be real competition for places come the summer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Larry, of course, has gotten a few laughs out of Laurie's metamorphosis.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Poster proceeds to outline his own metamorphosis over nine chapters.’
      • ‘So what kind of metamorphosis does the photograph as a form of animation effectuate?’
      • ‘Moralising interpretations generally explained physical metamorphosis as the external manifestation of the bestial nature within.’
      • ‘Later, we see her in real terror as Namtar's metamorphosis takes hold and changes her very being.’
      • ‘The twist is that this metamorphosis is emphasized by the fact that the young heroine, Ginger, is simultaneously becoming a werewolf.’
      • ‘When it comes to national security, however, no one can say with assurance whether her metamorphosis is genuine.’
      • ‘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.’
      transformation, mutation, transmutation, transfiguration, change, alteration, conversion, variation, modification, remodelling, restyling, reconstruction, reordering, reorganization, sea change
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek metamorphōsis, from metamorphoun ‘transform, change shape’.

Pronunciation

metamorphosis

/ˌmɛtəˈmɔːfəsɪs//ˌmɛtəmɔːˈfəʊsɪs/