Definition of fossilized in English:


(also fossilised)


  • 1Preserved to become a fossil.

    ‘a fossilized bone’
    ‘fossilized human remains’
    • ‘One solution is to examine larval shells directly from fossilized larval broods.’
    • ‘Their hypothesis can be tested by the discovery of fossilized stomach contents for Pakicetus.’
    • ‘Mammoth skulls are made of light and thin bone and usually disintegrate before they can be fossilised.’
    • ‘The varicolored bands running across the hills are fossilized soils.’
    • ‘The lower images show the fossilized bone of a Tyrannosaurus rex.’
    • ‘Amber is the fossilised resin of ancient pine trees, submerged under the sea in thin veins.’
    • ‘The 130-million-year-old spider silk was found in fossilized amber from Lebanon.’
    • ‘There is the added question of how the dinosaurs are to be fossilised in a desert.’
    • ‘For most people, the discovery of fossilised wood in a quarry would not be newsworthy.’
    • ‘The reef system is made up of fossilised dunes.’
    • ‘Within some of the eggs, we found fossilized embryos, the first embryos of a sauropod ever uncovered.’
    • ‘One could see fossilized bones in a coral reef formation.’
    • ‘Amber is a translucent, yellowish mineral made of fossilized resin.’
    • ‘Most of those that were fossilised go unrecognised by the untrained eye.’
    • ‘When organisms become fossilized, the original material of their body is usually completely replaced.’
    • ‘For example, the internal organs are especially well preserved in the fossilized Ottoia worms.’
    • ‘Vertebrates were once the only major animal group not found fossilised in the Cambrian system of rocks.’
    • ‘The teenagers take the frozen caveman to paleontologists who study the intact, fossilized remains.’
    • ‘In contrast, fossilized bone is believed to be completely mineralized, meaning no organics are present.’
    • ‘Even more remarkable than the evidence of prehistoric man was the discovery of thousands of fossilised animal bones.’
    1. 1.1Archaic and incapable of change.
      ‘a faltering economy and a fossilized political system’
      • ‘To retreat into a fossilized Irish past that no longer fits Irish reality is self-destructive.’
      • ‘Indigenous environmental knowledge should be a response to prevailing conditions in both town and country, not a set of fossilized ideas.’
      • ‘It's not because the local cable plant is fossilized or the company is impoverished.’
      • ‘Not all cases of fossilized division will erupt in civil war, but all will generate significant economic and psychological costs.’
      • ‘The community of faithful, formerly a community of interests, becomes a fossilized thing.’
      • ‘The ruling party itself was unable to offer anything but fossilized mantras.’
      • ‘It's like the fossilized idea of American manhood.’
      • ‘The temptation is to forsake fossilized print for the new opportunities of the dotcom world.’
      • ‘Fossilized distrust indicates failure at this key democratic task of holding majorities and minorities together.’