Apollo chased the nymph Daphne...
"a heavy numbness seized her limbs, thin bark closed over her breasts, her hair turned into leaves, her arms into branches, her feet so swift a moment ago stuck fast in slow-growing roots, her face was lost in the canopy. Only her shining beauty was left.”...
The laurel became sacred to Apollo, and crowned the victors at the Pythian Games.
Most artistic impressions of the myth focus on the moment of transformation.
W.S.M. Nicoll, "Cupid, Apollo, and Daphne (Ovid, Met. 1. 452 ff.)" The Classical Quarterly, New Series, 30.1 (1980; 174–182).
Translation by A. S. Kline, 2000.
“Apollo and Daphne” by Piero and/or Antonio del Pollaiolo
Pruning is an essential gardening skill. When you prune correctly, you encourage healthy growth and flowering (in the case of flowering plants), as well as good looks. For most shrubs and trees, it helps to prune at the right time. Some are best pruned in winter; some right after flowering.
a. The act or an instance of transforming: her difficult transformation of the yard into a garden.
b. The state of being transformed: impressed by the transformation of the yard.
2. A marked change, as in appearance or character, usually for the better: recent transformations in the format of the publication.
a. Replacement of the variables in an algebraic expression by their values in terms of another set of variables.
b. A mapping of one space onto another or onto itself.
4. Linguistics An operation or rule that changes one linguistic structure (especially a syntactic structure) into another, as by the merger, relocation, or deletion of one of its constituents.5. Genetics
a. The change undergone by an animal cell upon infection by a cancer-causing virus.b. The introduction of DNA from one cell into another by means of a bacteriophage or one of a variety of chemical or physical methods