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petrified

adjective (LIKE STONE)    /ˈpet.rə.faɪd/
having changed to a substance like stone: a petrified tree/shellHard and firm literary describes something that has stopped changing and developing, and often belongs to the pastOld or old-fashionedThe elderly
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