verb (lapidifies, lapidifying, lapidified)[with object] rare
Change (organic matter) into a stony substance; petrify: a gorgon whose visage lapidifies those who confront her directly
More example sentences
- His blood stayed in him, seeming to lapidify.
- This wood had certainly not been lapidified by the water of the lake.
- The aqueous solution has lapidified the softer materials.
Mid 17th century: from French lapidifier, from medieval Latin lapidificare, from Latin lapid-, lapis 'stone'.
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