petrifaction

Part of speech: adjective

Petrifactive.

Part of speech: noun

A turning into stone; something turned to stone.

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Usage examples "petrifaction":

  1. Only one adverse impression is cast: that of petrifaction. - "The Cathedrals of Northern France", Francis Miltoun.
  2. In spite of his hardened convictions about life, the little rule of thumb by which he lived, he knew something of men and women; and he suspected that process of petrifaction in his daughter's heart. - "Together", Robert Herrick (1868-1938).
  3. At the base of the fall we found a large petrifaction of wood imbedded in the debris of the falling cement and slate rock. - "The Discovery of Yellowstone Park", Nathaniel Pitt Langford.