One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Change (organic matter) into a stony substance; petrify.‘a gorgon whose visage lapidifies those who confront her directly’
ossified, fossilizedView synonyms
- ‘His blood stayed in him, seeming to lapidify.’
- ‘It is only the inferior and more siliceous beds that are lapidified.’
- ‘Usually the central portion is lapidified, while the outward layers are unchanged.’
- ‘This wood had certainly not been lapidified by the water of the lake.’
- ‘The aqueous solution has lapidified the softer materials.’
Mid 17th century: from French lapidifier, from medieval Latin lapidificare, from Latin lapid-, lapis ‘stone’.
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