fossilize

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verb fos·sil·ize \ ˈfä-sə-ˌlīz \

Definition of fossilize

fossilized; fossilizing
transitive verb
1 :to convert into a fossil
2 :to make outmoded, rigid, or fixed
intransitive verb
:to become changed into a fossil

fossilization

play \ˌfä-sə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of fossilize in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of fossilize

1794


FOSSILIZE Defined for English Language Learners

fossilize

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Definition of fossilize for English Language Learners

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


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