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100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know
by Editors of The American Heritage Dictionaries (Editor)

100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know
What should the vocabulary of a well-rounded high school graduate be like? These 100 words provide the starting point in answering that question. The list is representative of the words that serious students will encounter in their coursework and will come to use as adults, whether in conversation or while reading the daily newspaper. Each word is fully defined and shown in context with example sentences from well-known authors. 100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know is a must-have for every grad, perfect for building vocabulary, quizzing friends and family — and just having fun.



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met·a·mor·pho·sis (mt'-môr'f-ss)
noun
• Plural: met·a·mor·pho·ses (mt'-môr'f-sz')
1. A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function; a transformation: "I sought out the myths of metamorphosis, tales of the weaver Arachne, who hanged herself and was changed by Athena into a spider" (Jennifer Ackerman, Chance in the House of Fate).
2. Biology. Change in the form and often habits of an animal during normal development after the embryonic stage. Metamorphosis includes, in insects, the transformation of a maggot into an adult fly and a caterpillar into a butterfly, and, in amphibians, the changing of a tadpole into a frog.

[Latin metamorphsis, from Greek, from metamorphoun, to transform : meta-, meta- + morph , form.]

RELATED WORDS:
adjective met a·mor phic (mt'-môr'fk)
verb met a·mor phose (mt'-môr'fz' or mt'-môr'fs')
adjective met a·mor phous (mt'-môr'fs)