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complete metamorphosis

noun
1.
insect development in which egg, larval, pupal, and adult stages occur, each differing greatly in morphology.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50
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Examples from the web for complete metamorphosis
  • They are complete metamorphosis, incomplete metamorphosis and direct development.
  • These two types of life cycles are referred to as complete metamorphosis and simple metamorphosis, respectively.
  • Monarchs go through a complete metamorphosis in three to six weeks.

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