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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)。

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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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