<chemistry> To convert into, or to impregnate with, silica, or with the compounds of silicon. "The specimens found . . . Are completely silicified." (Say)

The silica may take the form of agate, chalcedony, flint, hornstone, or crystalline quartz.

Origin: L. Silex, silicis, a flint + -fy: cf. F. Silicifier.

(01 Mar 1998)

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