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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: a complete change of form, structure, substance, appearance, or character; transformation.
The vacant lot went through a metamorphosis as the new playground was built.
synonyms:
change, conversion, metastasis, permutation, transformation, transmutation
similar words:
alteration, modification, mutation, transfiguration, translation
definition 2: the form that results from such a change.
synonyms:
permutation
similar words:
conversion, mutation, transformation
definition 3: the developmental changes in living organisms, such as the successive stages from caterpillar to butterfly or from tadpole to frog.
similar words:
change, conversion, development, metastasis, permutation, transformation, transmutation
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The word metamorphosis contains the following parts:
meta- Greek prefix that means change, between, after, beyond