- a series of mythological tales or legends in verse (a.d. 7–8) by Ovid.
- to change the form or nature of; transform.
- to subject to metamorphosis or metamorphism.
- to undergo or be capable of undergoing a change in form or nature.
Origin of metamorphose
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- Biology. a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult butterfly.Compare complete metamorphosis.
- a complete change of form, structure, or substance, as transformation by magic or witchcraft.
- any complete change in appearance, character, circumstances, etc.
- a form resulting from any such change.
- a type of alteration or degeneration in which tissues are changed: fatty metamorphosis of the liver.
- the resultant form.
- Botany. the structural or functional modification of a plant organ or structure during its development.
Origin of metamorphosis
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Examples from the Web for metamorphoses
The transformations contained in The Pregnant Widow (as in "The Metamorphoses") are sexual, physical, and philosophical, too.Martin Amis' Sexual Revolution
May 10, 2010
Versailles will continue its metamorphoses, but these glittering images will remain still.Escapism
October 24, 2008
Ovid was not a greater master of metamorphoses than thy friend.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
With the metamorphoses of various insects Aristotle was well acquainted.The Legacy of Greece
The story, with but a few necessary alterations, comes from Ovid's Metamorphoses.John Lyly
John Dover Wilson
These little myths and metamorphoses of gems are ingenious and graceful.A History of French Literature
You may trace most of the Metamorphoses of Ovid on the walls of the cathedrals.The Story of Rouen
Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
- to undergo or cause to undergo metamorphosis or metamorphism
- a complete change of physical form or substance
- a complete change of character, appearance, etc
- a person or thing that has undergone metamorphosis
- zoology the rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in certain animals, for example the stage between tadpole and frog or between chrysalis and butterfly
Word Origin and History for metamorphoses
1530s, "change of form or shape," especially by witchcraft, from Latin metamorphosis, from Greek metamorphosis "a transforming, a transformation," from metamorphoun "to transform, to be transfigured," from meta- "change" (see meta-) + morphe "form" (see Morpheus). Biological sense is from 1660s. As the title of Ovid's work, late 14c., Metamorphoseos, from Latin Metamorphoses (plural).
1570s, from Middle French métamorphoser (16c.), from métamorphose (n.), from Latin metamorphosis (see metamorphosis). Related: Metamorphosed. The Greek verb was metamorphoun.
- A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.transformation
- A change in the form and often habits of an animal during normal development after the embryonic stage. Metamorphosis includes, in insects, the transformation of a maggot into an adult fly and a caterpillar into a butterfly and, in amphibians, the changing of a tadpole into a frog.
- A usually degenerative pathological change in the structure of a particular body tissue.
- Dramatic change in the form and often the habits of an animal during its development after birth or hatching. The transformation of a maggot into an adult fly and of a tadpole into an adult frog are examples of metamorphosis. The young of such animals are called larvae.
A change in an animal as it grows, particularly a radical change, such as the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly.