petrification

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From French pétrification, from Middle French pétrifier + -ation

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IPA: /ˌpetɹɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/

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petrification ‎(countable and uncountable, plural petrifications)

  1. the process of replacing the organic residues of plants (and animals) with insoluble salts, the original shape and topography being retained
  2. (figuratively) obduracy; callousness
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hallywell to this entry?)

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