chondrite

noun
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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Other Words from chondrite

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

Examples of chondrite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rocks are similar to carbonaceous chondrites, which are primitive meteorites. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "What scientists learned after firing a small cannonball into a near-Earth asteroid," 19 Mar. 2020 One common theory holds that rocky planets like Earth and Mars got much of their water from a particular type of meteorite known as carbonaceous chondrites. Popular Science, "Mars might be made of mashed-up baby planets," 2 Apr. 2020 The rocks are similar to carbonaceous chondrites, which are primitive meteorites. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "What scientists learned after firing a small cannonball into a near-Earth asteroid," 19 Mar. 2020 They're both made out of what NASA designates as C-type rock, similar to blackish, carbonaceous chondrite asteroids. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Could Possibly Want to Know About Martian Moons," 3 Oct. 2019 The rocks are similar to carbonaceous chondrites, which are primitive meteorites. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "What scientists learned after firing a small cannonball into a near-Earth asteroid," 19 Mar. 2020 The research, published in the journal Science Advances, analyzed different iron isotopes in dust from different meteorites and found that the profile of CI chondrites was similar to Earth's. Fox News, "Earth formed faster than initially believed, experts say," 27 Feb. 2020 Sure enough, the rock had the oxygen fingerprint of a meteorite, and a rare and old kind, too: a CV3 carbonaceous chondrite. Quanta Magazine, "In a Grain, a Glimpse of the Cosmos," 13 June 2014 The rocks are similar to carbonaceous chondrites, which are primitive meteorites. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "New images reveal Ryugu is an oddly dust-free asteroid," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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29 Apr 2020

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“Chondrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chondrite. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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