chon·​drite | \ ˈkän-ˌdrīt How to pronounce chondrite (audio) \

Definition of chondrite

: a meteoric stone characterized by the presence of chondrules

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chondritic \ kän-​ˈdri-​tik How to pronounce chondrite (audio) \ adjective

Examples of chondrite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Rare Meteorite Found in U.K. Driveway Could Hold Secrets of the Early Solar System," 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, "Fireball Hunters Find Meteorite In British Countryside," 10 Mar. 2021 The type of meteorite that produces the fragments that littered Winchcombe was made of carbonaceous chondrite. Mike Wehner, BGR, "A meteorite that struck a family’s driveway may offers clues to life," 9 Mar. 2021 Chunks of enstatite chondrite are still around in the solar system, and occasionally fall as meteorites. Caleb A. Scharf, Scientific American, "The Enduring Mystery of Earth's Water," 13 Sep. 2020 The meteorite—a rare type known as a carbonaceous chondrite—may contain complex organic molecules that gave life on Earth a head start. Joel Goldberg, Science | AAAS, "Watch: Space rocks impacted this Costa Rican village in more ways than one," 19 Aug. 2020 From the beginning, the inky Aguas Zarcas resembled a legendary carbonaceous chondrite that exploded in 1969 over Murchison, an Australian cattle town. Joshua Sokol, Science | AAAS, "An unusual meteorite, more valuable than gold, may hold the building blocks of life," 13 Aug. 2020 Both appear to be similar in composition to blackish carbonaceous chondrite asteroids. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Mars' moons may hint that the planet once had rings," 3 June 2020 The rocks are similar to carbonaceous chondrites, which are primitive meteorites. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Near-Earth asteroid Ryugu went on an 'orbital excursion' toward the sun," 7 May 2020

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First Known Use of chondrite

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chondrite

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

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17 Mar 2021

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“Chondrite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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