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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fos·sil·ize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fossilized p. pr. & vb. n. Fossilizing ]
 1. To convert into a fossil; to petrify; as, to fossilize bones or wood.
 2. To cause to become antiquated, rigid, or fixed, as by fossilization; to mummify; to deaden.
 Ten layers of birthdays on a woman's head
 Are apt to fossilize her girlish mirth.   --Mrs. Browning.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fos·sil·ized a. Converted into a fossil; antiquated; firmly fixed in views or opinions.
    A fossilized sample of confused provincialism.   --Earle.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : set in a rigidly conventional pattern of behavior, habits,
            or beliefs; "obsolete fossilized ways"; "an ossified
            bureaucratic system" [syn: fossilised, ossified]