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3 entries found for metamorphosis.
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Main Entry: meta·mor·pho·sis
Pronunciation: secondarystressmet-schwa-primarystressmodotr-fschwa-sschwas
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural metamor·pho·ses /-fschwa-secondarystresssemacronz/
1 : a change of form, structure, or substance especially by witchcraft or magic
2 : an extraordinary change in appearance, character, or circumstances
3 : the process of basic and usually rather sudden change in the form and habits of some animals during transformation from an immature stage (as a tadpole or a caterpillar) to an adult stage (as a frog or a butterfly) -- compare COMPLETE METAMORPHOSIS, INCOMPLETE METAMORPHOSIS

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