From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"Softening quickly in the waters quiet depth, their wood was changed to flesh, the curving prows were metamorphosed into human heads." --Metamorphoses by Ovid, Brookes More translation
Metamorphosis is a biological process by which an animal physically develops after birth or hatching, involving a conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in the animal's form or structure. Some insects as well as other species undergo metamorphosis, which is usually (but not always) accompanied by a change of habitat or behaviour.
Metamorphosis as a trope
- Developmental biology
- Direct development
- Gosner stage
- Metamorphosis of Plants by Goethe