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 Metamor’phic Rocks.Metaphys’ics (Greek, after-physics). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Metamorphic Words.
Obsolete words slightly altered, and made current again—as “chestnut” for castnut, from Castana, in Thessaly; “court-cards” for coat-cards; “currants” for corinths; “frontispiece” for frontispice (Latin frontispicium); “Isinglass” for hausen blase (the sturgeon’s bladder, Ger.); “shame-faced” for shamefast, as stead-fast, etc.; “sweetheart” for sweethard, as drunkard, dullard, dotard, niggard.   1

 Metamor’phic Rocks.Metaphys’ics (Greek, after-physics). 


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