fossilized

adjective fos·sil·ized \ ˈfä-sə-ˌlīzd \

Definition of fossilized

1 : having been changed into a fossil : subjected to fossilization
  • fossilized wood
  • And in 1997 he found several thousand fossilized eggs from a giant sauropod, or plant-eating dinosaur, just 120 miles north. The find included the first-known fossilized dinosaur embryos, as bits of fossilized dino-skin.
  • —Eric Niiler
2 : old and unchanging or outmoded
  • fossilized notions
  • As the mountains get higher, the houses become tin-roof shacks, with yards full of fossilized appliances and ancient cars.
  • —Elizabeth Gilbert
: made firm, fixed, or rigid by the passage of time
  • I love the living language more than the fossilized variety with its hardened meanings and set-in-stone lexicon.
  • —Paul McFedries
  • I know when I took photos in the past I was looking either for particularly artistic shots or ones that might become fossilized memories adorning a mantel.
  • —Robert W. Lucky

First Known Use of fossilized

1794

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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