petrification

noun
pet·​ri·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌpe-trə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce petrification (audio) \

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First Known Use of petrification

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petrification

borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin petrificātiōn-, petrificātiō — more at petrifaction

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The first known use of petrification was circa 1611

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“Petrification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petrification. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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petrification

noun
pet·​ri·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌpe-trə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce petrification (audio) \

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