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
- It is only the inferior and more siliceous beds that are lapidified.
- Usually the central portion is lapidified, while the outward layers are unchanged.
- The aqueous solution has lapidified the softer materials.
mid 17th century: from French lapidifier, from medieval Latin lapidificare, from Latin lapid-, lapis 'stone'.