Definition of lapidify in English:


Line breaks: la¦pid|ify
Pronunciation: /ləˈpɪdɪfʌɪ

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'.

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