Definition of lapidify in English:


verblapidifying, lapidified, lapidifies

[with object]rare
  • Change (organic matter) into a stony substance; petrify.

    ‘a gorgon whose visage lapidifies those who confront her directly’
    • ‘Usually the central portion is lapidified, while the outward layers are unchanged.’
    • ‘The aqueous solution has lapidified the softer materials.’
    • ‘This wood had certainly not been lapidified by the water of the lake.’
    • ‘His blood stayed in him, seeming to lapidify.’
    • ‘It is only the inferior and more siliceous beds that are lapidified.’
    ossified, fossilized
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Mid 17th century: from French lapidifier, from medieval Latin lapidificare, from Latin lapid-, lapis ‘stone’.