Definitions for fossilization
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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becoming inflexible or out of date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The process of becoming fixed, unchanging, and out of date.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
Origin: [Cf. F. fossilisation.]
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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