Silicifying
Silicify Si*lic"i*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Silicified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Silicifying}.] [L. silex, silicis, a flint + -fy: cf. F. silicifier.] (Chem.) To convert into, or to impregnate with, silica, or with the compounds of silicon. [1913 Webster]

The specimens found . . . are completely silicified. --Say. [1913 Webster]

Note: The silica may take the form of agate, chalcedony, flint, hornstone, or crystalline quartz. [1913 Webster]


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  • Silicified — Silicify Si*lic i*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Silicified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Silicifying}.] [L. silex, silicis, a flint + fy: cf. F. silicifier.] (Chem.) To convert into, or to impregnate with, silica, or with the compounds of silicon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Silicify — Si*lic i*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Silicified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Silicifying}.] [L. silex, silicis, a flint + fy: cf. F. silicifier.] (Chem.) To convert into, or to impregnate with, silica, or with the compounds of silicon. [1913 Webster] The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • silicification — noun Date: 1830 the action or process of silicifying ; the state of being silicified …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Bitter Springs (fossil locality) — Bitter Springs is a Precambrian fossil locality in Australia, which preserves microorganisms (bacteria and the like) in silica.cite journal url = http://jpaleontol.geoscienceworld.org/cgi/content/abstract/42/3/651 title = Microflora of the Bitter …   Wikipedia

  • silicify — silicification, n. /seuh lis euh fuy /, v.t., v.i., silicified, silicifying. to convert or be converted into silica. [1820 30; SILIC(A) + IFY] * * * …   Universalium

  • silicify — [sɪ lɪsɪfʌɪ] verb (silicifies, silicifying, silicified) convert into or impregnate with silica. Derivatives silicification noun silicified adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • silicify — [c]/səˈlɪsəfaɪ/ (say suh lisuhfuy) verb (silicified, silicifying) –verb (t) 1. to convert into silica. –verb (i) 2. to be converted into silica. –silicification /səlɪsəfəˈkeɪʃən/ (say suhlisuhfuh kayshuhn), noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • silicify — [sə lis′ə fī΄] vt. silicified, silicifying [< L silex (see SILEX) + FY] to convert into or impregnate with silica; specif., PETRIFY (vt. 1) vi. to become silicified, as wood silicification n …   English World dictionary

  • silicification — sə̇ˌlisəfə̇ˈkāshən noun ( s) Etymology: silici + fication : the act or process of silicifying : the state of being silicified; specifically : the development of silica minerals (as quartz and chert) by metasomatic action …   Useful english dictionary

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