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noun [countable/uncountable] metamorphosis pronunciation in British English /ˌmetəˈmɔː(r)fəsɪs/ 
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singularmetamorphosis
pluralmetamorphoses
  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

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  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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metamorphic

 metamorphosis pronunciation in British English  adjective
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metamorphically

 metamorphosis pronunciation in British English /ˌmetəˈmɔːrfɪkli/  adverb

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