Definition of fossilize in English:

fossilize

Syllabification: fos·sil·ize
Pronunciation: /ˈfäsəˌlīz
 
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verb

[with object] (usually be fossilized)
1Preserve (an organism) so that it becomes a fossil: the hard parts of the body are readily fossilized
More example sentences
  • No in situ fossilized trees were found preserved within channel sandstone bodies.
  • Many fossilized insects and animal fossils are identical to those living today.
  • Small fish bones, delicate leaves, even animal skin have been fossilized and beautifully preserved.
Synonyms
petrified, ossifiedarchaic, antiquated, antediluvian, old-fashioned, quaint, outdated, outmoded, behind the times, anachronistic, stuck in time
informal prehistoric
1.1 [no object] Become a fossil: flowers do not readily fossilize
More example sentences
  • They fossilize readily and in recognizable form because the interlocking desmas retain the original form of the sponge.
  • However, the paucity of modern cycad trunks to cycadeoid trunks in the fossil record suggests that the modern cycad trunks did not fossilize as readily as the extinct variety.
  • Attachment of quartz and kaolinite to the surface of lobster eggs demonstrates experimentally for the first time that soft tissues could fossilize in pre-existing minerals.
1.2Become or cause to become antiquated, fixed, or incapable of change or development.
More example sentences
  • This atmosphere had the weird property of deadening and fossilising every thing that slid under its sway.
  • Canons of literature may fossilize their subject and reduce its study to dry memorization for its own sake.
  • The system is bureaucratic, distorts land use and fossilises the countryside and businesses.

Derivatives

fossilization

Pronunciation: /ˌfäsəliˈzāSHən/
noun
More example sentences
  • That has led many to posit that the ‘cambrian explosion’ is more likely an artifact of the differential fossilization of animals with hard parts, particularly exo-skeletons, than of a real explosion.
  • So it is simply false, given what we know about the process of fossilization, to declare that we should have a perfect record of every species and therefore should have a perfect sequence of fossils documenting every transition.
  • It was not developed to ‘get around the data’, it was developed to apply what we knew about genetics to what we should then expect in terms of fossilization.

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