car·​bo·​na·​ceous | \ ˌkär-bə-ˈnā-shəs How to pronounce carbonaceous (audio) \

Definition of carbonaceous

1 : relating to, containing, or composed of carbon
2 : rich in carbon

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Recent Examples on the Web Most of the carbonaceous chondrites fell onto the ice during that 2000 incident. Elizabeth Howell, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 The meteorite is classified as a carbonaceous chondrite, which is an rare piece of space debris that’s older than the planets in the solar system. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Mar. 2021 The carbonaceous chondrite, which contains organics, amino acids and other ingredients for life, is so rare that it has never been found in that region before. Elizabeth Howell, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 The type of meteorite that produces the fragments that littered Winchcombe was made of carbonaceous chondrite. Mike Wehner, BGR, 9 Mar. 2021 As the first spacecraft to visit a carbonaceous asteroid, Hayabusa2 can help determine the provenance of meteorites discovered on Earth and shed some light on the processes that formed the organic compounds in the early solar system. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, 4 Dec. 2020 Typically, carbonaceous chondrites are a thousand times richer in organics than H4 chondrites, Heck said. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 27 Oct. 2020 By squeezing carbon, sulphur, and hydrogen—carbonaceous sulphur hydride—in a diamond anvil, researchers found that compound superconducted all the way up to almost 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 15 Oct. 2020 Ryugu is a carbonaceous or C-type space rock, which implies it is essentially made out of rock that contains a ton of carbon and water. Popular Science, 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of carbonaceous

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Carbonaceous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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