fossilizeverb [ I ]UK usually fossilise uk /ˈfɒs.ɪ.laɪz/ us /ˈfɑː.səl.aɪz/
noun [ U ] UK usually fossilisation uk /ˌfɒs.ɪ.laɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌfɑː.səl.əˈzeɪ.ʃən/
(Definition of “fossilize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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