fossilize


fos·sil·ize

verb \ˈfä-sə-ˌlīz\

: to become a fossil or to cause (something) to become a fossil

fos·sil·izedfos·sil·iz·ing

Full Definition of FOSSILIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to convert into a fossil
2
:  to make outmoded, rigid, or fixed
intransitive verb
:  to become changed into a fossil
fos·sil·i·za·tion \ˌfä-sə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of FOSSILIZE

  1. The mud helped to preserve and fossilize the wood.

First Known Use of FOSSILIZE

1794

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