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Petrifaction

noun
1.
The process of turning some plant material into stone by infiltration with water carrying mineral particles without changing the original shape.  Synonym: petrification.
2.
A rock created by petrifaction; an organic object infiltrated with mineral matter and preserved in its original form.






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"Petrifaction" Quotes from Famous Books



... was a silence, a period of petrifaction, that might have lasted for one minute or ten: Bullard could not have gauged it. At last he came to himself. His teeth were chattering slightly. He examined the ruler, drew it through his fingers; it was quite clean, and he replaced it on the desk, ...
— Till the Clock Stops • John Joy Bell



Words linked to "Petrifaction" :   fossilization, fossilisation, stone, rock, petrification, petrify



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