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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An image that appears distorted unless it is viewed from a special angle or with a special instrument.
  • n. The production of such an image.
  • n. Evolutionary increase in complexity of form and function.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A distorted image of an object that may be viewed correctly from a specific angle or with a specific mirror
  • n. a form of limited metamorphosis in some arthropods
  • n. an abnormal form of some lichens or fungi that gives the appearance of a different species

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A distorted or monstrous projection or representation of an image on a plane or curved surface, which, when viewed from a certain point, or as reflected from a curved mirror or through a polyhedron, appears regular and in proportion; a deformation of an image.
  • n. Same as Anamorphism, 2.
  • n. A morbid or monstrous development, or change of form, or degeneration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In perspec., a method of drawing which gives a distorted image of the object represented when it is viewed directly or nearly so, but a natural image when it is viewed from a certain point, is reflected by a curved mirror, or is seen through a polyhedron.
  • n. In botany, an anomalous or monstrous development of any part of a plant, owing to some unusual condition affecting growth, so that it presents an appearance altogether unlike the typical form, as when the calyx of a rose assumes the form of a leaf.
  • n. In zoology and botany, the gradual change of form, generally ascending, traced in a group of animals or plants the members of which succeed each other in point of time.
  • n. In senses 2 and 3 also called anamorphism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the evolution of one type of organism from another by a long series of gradual changes
  • n. a distorted projection or perspective; especially an image distorted in such a way that it becomes visible only when viewed in a special manner

Etymologies

New Latin anamorphōsis, from Late Greek anamorphoun, to transform : Greek ana-, ana- + Greek morphē, shape.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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