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lapidify

[ luh-pid-uh-fahy ]
/ ləˈpɪd əˌfaɪ /
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verb (used with or without object), la·pid·i·fied, la·pid·i·fy·ing. Archaic.

to turn into stone.

RELATED WORDS

set, harden, clarify, solidify, calcify, mineralize, fossilize

Nearby words

lapidary, lapidate, lapidation, lapides, lapidicolous, lapidify, lapillus, lapin, lapinization, lapis, lapis lazuli

Origin of lapidify

1650–60; Medieval Latin lapidi(ficātiōn) petrifaction (see lapidary, -i-, -fication) + -fy
Related formslap·i·dif·ic [lap-i-dif-ik] /ˌlæp ɪˈdɪf ɪk/, lap·i·dif·i·cal, adjectivela·pid·i·fi·ca·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lapidify

lapidify

/ (ləˈpɪdɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

to change into stone
Derived Formslapidification, noun

Word Origin for lapidify

C17: from French lapidifier, from Medieval Latin lapidificāre, ultimately from Latin lapis stone
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