1. Simple past tense and past participle of fossilize
  1. In a state of fossilization; preserved in rock
  2. outmoded
  3. (linguistics) having become a fossil: no longer productive
    A glossary fossil word in a language is a word which has fallen out of use except for in set phrases: e.g. the English word fro, used only in to and fro. A fossilized bound morpheme (e.g. a fossilized affix) is one which was once able to derive words, but which now only exists as a fixed component of words: e.g. the English abstract noun–forming suffix -th.

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