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English definition of “fossilize”


verb [I] (UK usually fossilise)     /ˈfɒs.ɪ.laɪz/ US  /ˈfɑː.səl.aɪz/
to become a fossil : The remains gradually fossilized.Palaeontology and fossils fossilization (UK usually fossilisation)     /ˌfɒs.ɪ.laɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌfɑː.səl.aɪ-/ noun [U]
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