metamorphosis - definition and synonyms

noun [countable/uncountable] 

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/ˌmetəˈmɔː(r)fəsɪs/
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

  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

derived words

metamorphic

 

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adjective

metamorphically

 

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/ˌmetəˈmɔːrfɪkli/
adverb