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silicify Line breaks: si|li¦cify
Pronunciation: /sɪˈlɪsɪfʌɪ/

Definition of silicify in English:

verb (silicifies, silicifying, silicified)

[with object]
Convert into or impregnate with silica: the calcareous skeleton has been silicified
More example sentences
  • Later, authigenic quartz was precipitated and carbonate phases were partly silicified.
  • Silica cells were silicified in the first year, and the frequency was not significantly different among the three leaf ages.
  • For most large deposits of agate or silicified wood, silica was derived from the decomposition of volcanic rocks.


Pronunciation: /sɪlɪsɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • The formation of botryoidal aragonite and clotted micrite was followed by silicification of carbonate phases and precipitation of authigenic quartz.
  • It is probable that the original composition was calcium phosphate, and some secondary silicification has taken place.
  • The taxonomic fidelity of silicified microbes will depend on the rate of silicification and the factors that control that process.
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