lithify

verb

lith·​i·​fy ˈli-thə-ˌfī How to pronounce lithify (audio)
lithified; lithifying

transitive verb

: to change to stone : petrify
especially : to convert (unconsolidated sediment) into solid rock

intransitive verb

: to become changed into stone

Word History

Etymology

lith(ification) + -ify

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of lithify was in 1877

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“Lithify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lithify. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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