silicify

verb
si·​lic·​i·​fy | \sə-ˈli-sə-ˌfī \
silicified; silicifying

Definition of silicify 

transitive verb

: to convert into or impregnate with silica

First Known Use of silicify

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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