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metamorphosis

met·a·mor·pho·sis

metamorphosis

 
 
pronunciation:
me t mor f sihs
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part of speech: noun
inflections: metamorphoses
definition 1: the changes in form of some living things as they grow. The change from caterpillar to butterfly or from tadpole to frog are examples of metamorphoses.
similar words:
change, conversion, development, transformation
definition 2: a complete change of form, parts, or character.
The vacant lot went through a metamorphosis as the new playground was built.
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The word metamorphosis contains the following parts:
meta- Greek prefix that means change, between, after, beyond