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[lig-nuh-fahy] /ˈlɪg nəˌfaɪ/

verb (used with object), lignified, lignifying.
to convert into wood; cause to become woody.
verb (used without object), lignified, lignifying.
to become wood or woody.
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
(botany) to make or become woody as a result of the deposition of lignin in the cell walls
To make or become stiffer and stronger by the deposition of lignin.


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