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verb (used with object), lig·ni·fied, lig·ni·fy·ing.
  1. to convert into wood; cause to become woody.
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verb (used without object), lig·ni·fied, lig·ni·fy·ing.
  1. to become wood or woody.
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Origin of lignify

First recorded in 1820–30; ligni- + -fy
Related formslig·ni·fi·ca·tion, nounun·lig·ni·fied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lignify


verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. botany to make or become woody as a result of the deposition of lignin in the cell walls
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Derived Formslignification, noun
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lignify in Science


  1. To make or become stiffer and stronger by the deposition of lignin.
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