Thursday, May 27, 2010

Metaboly

Meaning metamorphosis, viz. 1969 F. E. ROUND Introd. Lower Plants ii. 13 A characteristic of Euglena is the spirally striate pellicle which is pliable and allows the cell to assume a variety of shapes--metaboly--an unfortunate term.

Doesn't strike me as unfortunate (maybe the author thought it evoked roly-poly).

For one thing, via Greek, it's related to metabole, which in music means "A change in tjavascript:void(0)he pitch of a musical note or melody," viz. 1957 New Oxf. Hist. Music I. 373 The writer dubiously named ‘Cleonides’... first defines metabole as change from one tonos or systema or genus to another.

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