Meaning of metaphrase

met•a•phrase

Pronunciation: (met'u-frāz"), [key]
— n., v., -phrased, -phras•ing.
—n.
  1. a literal translation.
—v.t.
  1. to translate, esp. literally.
  2. to change the phrasing or literary form of.
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