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silicify

[suh-lis-uh-fahy]
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verb (used with or without object), si·lic·i·fied, si·lic·i·fy·ing.
  1. to convert or be converted into silica.

Origin of silicify

First recorded in 1820–30; silic(a) + -ify
Related formssi·lic·i·fi·ca·tion, nounun·si·lic·i·fied, adjective
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Examples from the Web for silicified

Historical Examples

  • The silicified wood (particularly characteristic) was yet absent.

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  • A gold mine has been worked close to the clump of silicified trees.

  • Pieces of silicified wood were frequent in the bed of the Isaacs.

  • At Portrush, the Lower Lias is seen on the shore, crowded with ammonites, but silicified and metamorphosed by invading dolerite.

  • It is an interesting fact that the silicified wood of the Irawadi should have attracted attention more than one hundred years ago.


British Dictionary definitions for silicified

silicify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. to convert or be converted into silicasilicified wood
Derived Formssilicification, noun
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