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metamorphose

(mĕt′ə-môr′fōz′, -fōs′)
v. metamor·phosed, metamor·phosing, metamor·phoses
v.tr.
1. To change into a wholly different form or appearance; transform: "His eyes turned bloodshot, and he was metamorphosed into a raging fiend" (Jack London).
2. To cause to undergo metamorphosis or metamorphism.
v.intr.
1. To be changed or transformed: "the man whom he would be if he could become, metamorphose into, the lover, the husband" (William Faulkner).
2. To undergo metamorphosis or metamorphism.
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By metamorphosing the story of Apollo and Daphne into that of Pan and Syrinx, Poussin knowingly followed the very example of Ovid, who did just that in Book I of Metamorphoses, where he transformed the fable of one god's futile pursuit of a nymph into that of another.
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