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METAMORPHOSIS (metamorphoses)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does metamorphosis mean? 

METAMORPHOSIS (noun)
  The noun METAMORPHOSIS has 3 senses:

1. the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals
2. a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances
3. a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft

  Familiarity information: METAMORPHOSIS used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


METAMORPHOSIS (noun)


Sense 1metamorphosis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

metabolism; metamorphosis

Hypernyms ("metamorphosis" is a kind of...):

biological process; organic process (a process occurring in living organisms)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "metamorphosis"):

hemimetabolism; hemimetaboly; hemimetamorphosis (incomplete or partial metamorphosis in insects)

heterometabolism; heterometaboly (development of insects with incomplete metamorphosis in which no pupal stage precedes maturity)

holometabolism; holometaboly (complete metamorphosis in insects)


Sense 2metamorphosis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A striking change in appearance or character or circumstances

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

metamorphosis; transfiguration

Context example:

the metamorphosis of the old house into something new and exciting

Hypernyms ("metamorphosis" is a kind of...):

alteration; revision (the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification))


Sense 3metamorphosis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("metamorphosis" is a kind of...):

transformation; translation (the act of changing in form or shape or appearance)


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