Definition of metamorphosis:
- 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.
- Change of form, or structure; transformation.
- The change of material of one kind into another through the agency of the living organism; metabolism.
- change (part of speech: noun)
- conversion (part of speech: noun)
- "On Compromise", John Morley.
- "The Silver Horde", Rex Beach.
But at the explanations made in good Chinese by Mr. Wade, the surly old fellow, undergoing a sudden metamorphosis, bent his lean spine in two, and ushered me, with many forced obeisances, into his wives' room.- "Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century", W. H. Davenport Adams.