Definition of petrifact in English:

petrifact

(also petrefact)

noun

  • An object made of stone; (also) an object formed by petrifaction.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Harper's Magazine. From classical Latin petra rock, stone + -fact. Compare post-classical Latin petrefactum, German Petrefakt fossil.

Pronunciation

petrifact

/ˈpɛtrɪfakt/