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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In entomology, complete metamorphosis; radical transformation; change from one form to a very different one. See hypermetamorphism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A kind of metamorphosis, in certain insects, in which the larva itself undergoes remarkable changes of form and structure during its growth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun biology A kind of complete metamorphosis in which the different larval instars represent two or more different forms of larva.
  • noun neurology An excessive visual exploration of environment


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  • We may take as an example of such 'hypermetamorphosis' the life-story of the Oil or

    The Life-Story of Insects 1902

  • It will be the starting-point of a chapter which perhaps will give us some fresh sidelights upon the history of the hypermetamorphosis.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles Jean-Henri Fabre 1869

  • This mode of development, which preludes the customary entomological forms by the multiple transfigurations of the larva, certainly deserves a special name: I suggest that of _hypermetamorphosis_.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles Jean-Henri Fabre 1869

  • In the Cerocomæ and the Oil-beetles, each form of the hypermetamorphosis becomes detached from the preceding skin by a complete extraction; the contents are removed from the ruptured container and have no further connection with it.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles Jean-Henri Fabre 1869

  • Whether simple or multiple, this moult has nothing in common with the renewals due to the hypermetamorphosis, which so profoundly change the creature's appearance.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles Jean-Henri Fabre 1869

  • The geologist, the recorder of forms, will prefer the hypermetamorphosis of the

    More Hunting Wasps Jean-Henri Fabre 1869

  • When my turn came, he questioned me upon the hypermetamorphosis of the Meloidae [a beetle family including the oil beetle and the Spanish fly], my last essay in entomology.

    The Life of the fly; with which are interspersed some chapters of autobiography Jean-Henri Fabre 1869


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