What does metamorphosis mean?

Definitions for metamorphosisˌmɛt əˈmɔr fə sɪs; -ˌsiz

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. metamorphosis, metabolism(noun)

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

  2. transfiguration, metamorphosis(noun)

    a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances

    "the metamorphosis of the old house into something new and exciting"

  3. metamorphosis(noun)

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


  1. metamorphosis(Noun)

    A transformation, such as that of magic or by sorcery

  2. metamorphosis(Noun)

    A noticeable change in character, appearance, function or condition.

  3. metamorphosis(Noun)

    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.)

  4. metamorphosis(Noun)

    A change in the structure of a specific body tissue. Usually degenerative.

  5. Origin: First attested in 1533, from μεταμόρφωσις, from μετά + μορφή

Webster Dictionary

  1. Metamorphosis(noun)

    change of form, or structure; transformation

  2. Metamorphosis(noun)

    a change in the form or function of a living organism, by a natural process of growth or development; as, the metamorphosis of the yolk into the embryo, of a tadpole into a frog, or of a bud into a blossom. 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

  3. Metamorphosis(noun)

    the change of material of one kind into another through the agency of the living organism; metabolism

  4. Origin: [L., fr. Gr. , fr. to be transformed; meta` beyond, over + morfh` form.]


  1. Metamorphosis

    Metamorphosis is a biological process by which an animal physically develops after birth or hatching, involving a conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in the animal's body structure through cell growth and differentiation. Some insects, amphibians, molluscs, crustaceans, Cnidarians, echinoderms and tunicates undergo metamorphosis, which is usually accompanied by a change of habitat or behavior. Scientific usage of the term is exclusive, and is not applied to general aspects of cell growth, including rapid growth spurts. References to "metamorphosis" in mammals are imprecise and only colloquial, but historically idealist ideas of transformation and monadology, as in Goethe's Metamorphosis of Plants, influenced the development of ideas of evolution.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Metamorphosis

    is a classical name for the changing of a human being into a beast, an inanimate object, or an element, stories of which are common in all folk-lore.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of metamorphosis in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of metamorphosis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Martha Beck:

    Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.

  2. Primo Levi:

    The butterfly's attractiveness derives not only from colors and symmetry: deeper motives contribute to it. We would not think them so beautiful if they did not fly, or if they flew straight and briskly like bees, or if they stung, or above all if they did not enact the perturbing mystery of metamorphosis: the latter assumes in our eyes the value of a badly decoded message, a symbol, a sign.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Metamorphosis is an inherent part and the most profound process of life, in my view. We constantly transform into better versions of ourselves, like an Ugly Duckling transforming to Swan, and a Caterpillar to beautiful Butterfly. The metamorphosis continues throgh the journey of life, and then from generation to generations yet to come. There is an element of elegance and beauty in the fact that we all evolve, metaphorically, to Butterflies with Earth as our Chrysalis.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Metamorphosis is an immanent component and one of the most profound processes of life, IMHO. We constantly transform into better versions of ourselves, gracefully like a Caterpillar into a beautiful Butterfly. Metamorphosis continues throughout our journey of life, and extends from one generation to next generations. There is an element of elegance and beauty in the fact that we all evolve continuously, and metamorphosize metaphorically, into better and more beautiful versions of ourselves; just like fascinating Butterflies with Earth as our Chrysalis.

  5. Harold Rosenberg:

    Politics in the United States consists of the struggle between those whose change has been arrested by success or failure, on one side, and those who are still engaged in changing themselves, on the other. Agitators of arrested metamorphosis versus agitators of continued metamorphosis. The former have the advantage of numbers (since most people accept themselves as successes or failures quite early), the latter of vitality and visibility (since self-transformation, though it begins from within, with ideology, religion, drugs, tends to express itself publicly through costume and jargon).

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