[ lig-nuh-fahy ]
/ ˈlɪg nəˌfaɪ /
verb (used with object), lig·ni·fied, lig·ni·fy·ing.
to convert into wood; cause to become woody.
verb (used without object), lig·ni·fied, lig·ni·fy·ing.
to become wood or woody.
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OTHER WORDS FROM lignifylig·ni·fi·ca·tion, nounun·lig·ni·fied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lignify
/ (ˈlɪɡnɪˌfaɪ) /
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
botany to make or become woody as a result of the deposition of lignin in the cell walls
Derived forms of lignifylignification, noun
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Scientific definitions for lignify
[ lĭg′nə-fī′ ]
To make or become stiffer and stronger by the deposition of lignin.
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