Definition of fossilized in English:


Line breaks: fos¦sil|ized
Pronunciation: /ˈfɒs(ə)lʌɪzd
, fɒsɪlʌɪzd/
(also fossilised)


  • 1Preserved to become a fossil: a fossilized bone fossilized human remains
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    • Even more remarkable than the evidence of prehistoric man was the discovery of thousands of fossilised animal bones.
    • The reef system is made up of fossilised dunes.
    • The 130-million-year-old spider silk was found in fossilized amber from Lebanon.
  • 1.1Archaic and incapable of change: a faltering economy and a fossilized political system
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    • The community of faithful, formerly a community of interests, becomes a fossilized thing.
    • The temptation is to forsake fossilized print for the new opportunities of the dotcom world.
    • Indigenous environmental knowledge should be a response to prevailing conditions in both town and country, not a set of fossilized ideas.

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