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metamorphosis (n.)

1530年代, “改变形态或结构, 改变形态的行动或过程”, 最初特别是通过巫术, 从拉丁文 metamorphosis, 从希腊文 metamorphōsis “一个转变, 一个转变”, 从 metamorphoun “转变, 被转变”, 从 meta,, 这里表示“改变” (见 meta-) + morphē “形状, 形态”, 这个词的词源不确定.

生物学意义上的“动物(尤其是昆虫) 离开卵后所经历的广泛转变” 出自1660年代. 作为奥维德作品的标题, 14世纪末, Metamorphoseos, 来自拉丁文 Metamorphoses (复数).

updated on January 05, 2019

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Definitions of metamorphosis from WordNet

metamorphosis (n.)
the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals;
Synonyms: metabolism
metamorphosis (n.)
a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances;
the metamorphosis of the old house into something new and exciting
Synonyms: transfiguration
metamorphosis (n.)
a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft;
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