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petrifaction

Pronunciation: /ˌpetrəˈfækʃən; ˌpetrɪfækʃən/

Translation of petrifaction in Spanish:

noun/nombre

uncountable/no numerable
  • 1.1 [Geology/Geología] petrificación (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • We are constantly told that geological processes like petrifaction, fossilisation, and stalagmite formation take millions of years - an unimaginably long time.
    • The fossilization process known as petrifaction usually begins when a tree or log is buried in silica-rich, alkaline volcanic ash or mud.
    • In petrifaction (sensu stricto) the organic cell walls may decay and be replaced by another phase of minerals, usually with a similar chemical composition to the first phase.
    1.2 (terror) terror (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • Liberalism provides valorization of the individual subject and the rule of law against the reactionary potential of institutional petrifaction and authoritarian principles.
    • I started glowing in my absolute petrifaction of the dark.
    • Kinamori looked at him, absolute petrifaction written on her face.

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