chon·​drite ˈkän-ˌdrīt How to pronounce chondrite (audio)
: a meteoric stone characterized by the presence of chondrules
chondritic adjective

Examples of chondrite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This Week Here s How To Catch Best Shooting Stars Of 2023 Rare Meteorite The results, published in November in Nature Astronomy, show that Phaethon 3200 resembles a scarce kind of meteorite called a CY carbonaceous chondrite. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 When Phaethon 3200 passes close to the sun, its surface temperature rises to about 800°C, about the same temperature that CY carbonaceous chondrite meteorites produce carbon dioxide, water vapor and sulfide sulfur gas. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 Most meteorites are stony, called chondrites, and they can be bought online for as little as $15 per ounce (50 cents per gram). Chris Impey, Discover Magazine, 27 Oct. 2023 Asteroids come in two general flavors: chondrite and achondrite. Melissa Gaskill, Popular Mechanics, 12 July 2023 The Winchcombe meteorite belongs to a rare class of space rocks known as carbonaceous chondrites. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 25 June 2023 That implies that the most likely water-bearers were chondrites, which can be as much as 20 percent water by weight; back in our solar system’s infancy, these stony bodies popped up from cold regions beyond the orbit of Jupiter, where a lot of water- and ice-rich dust floated around. Melissa Gaskill, Popular Mechanics, 12 July 2023 Researchers finally hit the jackpot with asteroids—specifically, raw asteroid chunks called chondrites. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 25 June 2023 Like the stones found by the Labennes, the meteorite discovered in the El Hammami range was of only minor scientific interest: a common type from the asteroid belt known as an ordinary chondrite, already well represented in most museum collections. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, 30 May 2014 See More

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Word History


borrowed from German Chondrit, from Greek chóndros "grain (of wheat, salt, etc.)" + German -it -ite entry 1 — more at chondro-

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chondrite was in 1883

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“Chondrite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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