American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A transformation, as by magic or sorcery.
- n. A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.
- n. Biology 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.
- n. Pathology A usually degenerative change in the structure of a particular body tissue.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Change of form or structure; transmutation or transformation. Used most frequently in literature with reference to the old or poetic conception of a miraculous transmutation of a person, animal, or thing into a different and often antagonistic or contrasting form, either with or without a corresponding change of nature.
- n. A marked change in the form or function of a living body; a transformation resulting from development; specifically, in zoology, the course of alteration which an animal undergoes after its exclusion from the egg, and which modifies extensively the general form and life of the individual; particularly, in entomology, the transformations of a metabolous insect.
- n. In chem., that chemical action by which a given compound is caused, by the presence of a peculiar substance, to resolve itself into two or more compounds, as sugar, by the presence of yeast, into alcohol and carbonic acid.
- n. In botany, the various changes that are brought about in plant-organs, whereby they appear under changed or modified conditions, as when stamens are metamorphosed into petals, or stipules into leaves. Metamorphosis does not imply that the petal, for example, has ever been a stamen, but it implies an alteration in the organizing force, which took effect at a very early period in the life of the organ, at or before the time when the primitive aggregation of cells became differentiated into the several parts of which it is normally composed. It is due merely to the fact that the development of the organ has pursued a different course from what is usual. The various kinds of metamorphoses are described under the names of chlorosis, petalody, phyllody, pistillody, sepalody, staminody, etc. (which see).
- n. In music, either the same as variation (see variation, 9), or that extension or transformation of a theme or subject which often appears in modern music in the progress or development of an extended movement. From Beethoven onward the recognition of the essentially plastic nature of musical ideas (see idea, 9) has steadily advanced and constitutes one of the salient characteristics of recent composition.
- n. A transformation, such as that of magic or by sorcery
- n. A noticeable change in character, appearance, function or condition.
- n. biology A change in the form and often habits of an animal after the embryonic stage during normal development. (e.g. the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly or a tadpole into a frog.)
- n. pathology A change in the structure of a specific body tissue. Usually degenerative.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Change of form, or structure; transformation.
- n. (Biol.) A change in the form or function of a living organism, by a natural process of growth or development. Especially, that form of sexual reproduction in which an embryo undergoes a series of marked changes of external form, as the chrysalis stage, pupa stage, etc., in insects. In these intermediate stages sexual reproduction is usually impossible, but they ultimately pass into final and sexually developed forms, from the union of which organisms are produced which pass through the same cycle of changes. See Transformation.
- n. (Physiol.) The change of material of one kind into another through the agency of the living organism; metabolism.
- n. a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft
- n. the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals
- n. a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances
- First attested in 1533, from Ancient Greek μεταμόρφωσις (metamorphōsis), from μετά (meta, "change") + μορφή (morphē, "form") (Wiktionary)
- Latin metamorphōsis, from Greek, from metamorphoun, to transform : meta-, meta- + morphē, form. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word larva referring to the newly hatched form of insects before they undergo metamorphosis comes from the Latin word lārva, meaning “evil spirit, demon, devil.””
“The term metamorphosis, then, really implies an alteration in the organizing force, taking effect at a very early period of the life of the flower, at or before the period when the primitive aggregation of cells, of which it is at that time composed, becomes separated or”
“The term metamorphosis includes both of these processes; and in the normal condition of the system presupposes a perfect equilibrium between them.”
“The verb transformed comes from the Greek word metamorphosis.”
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