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lignify

[lig-nuh-fahy] /ˈlɪg nəˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), lignified, lignifying.
1.
to convert into wood; cause to become woody.
verb (used without object), lignified, lignifying.
2.
to become wood or woody.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; ligni- + -fy
Related forms
lignification, noun
unlignified, adjective
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lignify

/ˈlɪɡnɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
(botany) to make or become woody as a result of the deposition of lignin in the cell walls
Derived Forms
lignification, noun
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lignify
  (lĭg'nə-fī')   
To make or become stiffer and stronger by the deposition of lignin.
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