[syn: transfiguration, metamorphosis]
3. a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Metamorphosis \Met`a*mor"pho*sis\, n.; pl. Metamorphoses. [L.,
fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to be transformed; meta` beyond, over +
1. Change of form, or structure; transformation.
2. (Biol.) 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. (Physiol.) The change of material of one kind into another
through the agency of the living organism; metabolism.
Vegetable metamorphosis (Bot.), the doctrine that flowers
are homologous with leaf buds, and that the floral organs
are transformed leaves.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an
adult that occurs in some animals [syn: metamorphosis,
2: a striking change in appearance or character or
circumstances; "the metamorphosis of the old house into
something new and exciting" [syn: transfiguration,
3: a complete change of physical form or substance especially as
by magic or witchcraft
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
30 Moby Thesaurus words for "metamorphosis":
avatar, catabolism, catalysis, consubstantiation, displacement,
heterotopia, metabolism, metagenesis, metamorphism, metastasis,
metathesis, metempsychosis, mutant, mutated form, mutation,
permutation, reincarnation, sport, transanimation, transfiguration,
transfigurement, transformation, transformism, translation,
translocation, transmigration, transmogrification, transmutation,