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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make or become stony or chalky by deposition of calcium salts.
  • transitive v. To make or become inflexible and unchanging.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to make something hard and stony by impregnating with calcium salts
  • v. to become hard and stony by impregnation with calcium salts

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become changed into a stony or calcareous condition, in which lime is a principal ingredient, as in the formation of teeth.
  • transitive v. To make stony or calcareous by the deposit or secretion of salts of lime.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make calcic; harden by secreting or depositing a salt of lime.
  • To turn into bone or bony tissue; become hard like bone, as cartilage or membrane, by the deposition or secretion of a salt of lime.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become impregnated with calcium salts
  • v. convert into lime
  • v. turn into lime; become calcified
  • v. become inflexible and unchanging

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