Definitions for fossilization
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
fos•sil•izeˈfɒs əˌlaɪz(v.)-ized, -iz•ing.
(v.t.)to convert into a fossil; replace organic matter with mineral substances in the remains of an organism.
to cause to become outmoded or unchanging.
(v.i.)to become a fossil or fossillike.
Origin of fossilize:
the process of fossilizing a plant or animal that existed in some earlier age; the process of being turned to stone
becoming inflexible or out of date
The process of converting, or of being converted, into a fossil.
The process of becoming fixed, unchanging, and out of date.
the process of converting, or of being converted, into a fossil
In linguistic morphology, fossilization refers to two close notions. One is preserving of ancient linguistic features which have lost their grammatical functions in language. Another is loss of productivity of a grammatical paradigm, which still remains in use in some words. Examples of fossilization include fossilized morphemes and fossil words.
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