lig·​ni·​fy ˈlig-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce lignify (audio)
lignified; lignifying

transitive verb

: to convert into wood or woody tissue

intransitive verb

: to become wood or woody
lignification noun

Word History


French lignifier, from Latin lignum

First Known Use

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of lignify was circa 1828

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Cite this Entry

“Lignify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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