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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: pétrifier, from Greek petra 'rock'

petrified

adjective
     
pet‧ri‧fied
1 extremely frightened, especially so frightened that you cannot move or think
petrified of
I'm petrified of spiders.
petrified with fright/fear
He was petrified with fear when he saw the gun.
2

petrified wood/trees etc

HEG wood, trees etc that have changed into stone over a long period of time
petrify verb [transitive]

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