- 1 [no object] (Of an insect or amphibian) undergo metamorphosis, especially into the adult form: feed the larvae to your fish before they metamorphose into adultsMore example sentences
- Embryonic coelomic structures have specific fates as the bilaterally symmetrical larvae metamorphose into radially symmetric adults.
- These larvae will also metamorphose into adults sooner than their long-armed brethren and thus are vulnerable to planktonic predators for a shorter period of time.
- A larva metamorphoses into a small polyp termed the scyphistoma.
- 1.1Change or cause to change completely in form or nature: overnight, family houses metamorphose into bed and breakfast as 7,000 visitors roll into townMore example sentences
- His appeal discloses the ‘work’ of making early television and also very publicly admits to the nature of program metamorphoses from program department conception to a weekly show.
- It metamorphoses, mutates, transforms with each effort to capture it, so that anything that is ‘captured’ would be anything but the beginning.
- Metaphor adds its own changes to those botanical metamorphoses the poem celebrates descriptively.
- 2 [with object] Geology Subject (rock) to metamorphism: (as adjective metamorphosed) a metamorphosed sandstoneMore example sentences
- These rocks were metamorphosed during the Grampian Orogeny.
- Two facies of regionally metamorphosed rocks that may be of either original sedimentary or igneous derivation are characterized by epidote.
- ‘Marble’ is a general term for any kind of limestone or other carbonate rock that has been metamorphosed.
late 16th century: from French métamorphoser, from métamorphose (see metamorphosis).