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noun [countable/uncountable]     metamorphosis pronunciation in British English
/ˌmetəˈmɔː(r)fəsɪs/
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pluralmetamorphoses
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  1. 1
    formal a major change that makes someone or something very different

    the metamorphosis of this tiny fishing village into a huge holiday resort

  2. 2
    biology a major change in the physical form of an insect or other animal as it develops

    the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly

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metamorphically

     metamorphically pronunciation in British English
/ˌmetəˈmɔːrfɪkli/ adverb
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