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 chondritic (audio) \ adjective

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Comets, which contain a significant amount of ice, were the initial suspects, but later studies showed that water on Earth is strikingly similar to the water trapped within ancient rocky asteroids, known as carbonaceous chondrites. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's High-Speed Cannon Used to Explore the Origins of Water on Earth," 26 Apr. 2018 Carbonaceous chondrite: Comprise about three percent of all meteorites collected after being seen to fall to Earth. Perry A. Farrell, Detroit Free Press, "Which type of meteorite landed in Michigan? NASA 90% sure it knows," 17 Jan. 2018 The carbonaceous chondrite is divided into six groups based on their bulk chemistry. Perry A. Farrell, Detroit Free Press, "Which type of meteorite landed in Michigan? NASA 90% sure it knows," 17 Jan. 2018 Phaethon is a B-type asteroid that could be similar to some carbonaceous chondrites, which could contain organic molecules — the stuff of life. Blaine Friedlander, Washington Post, "The biggest meteor shower of the year peaks tonight. Here’s how to watch.," 13 Dec. 2017 Like the Malibu, the space rock — an H6 chondrite — would not be a Maserati among meteorites. Michael P. Mckinney, USA TODAY, "Peekskill meteorite car, still a hit, heads to Paris for 25th anniversary show," 5 Oct. 2017 This inference is drawn partly from the isotopic similarity of hydrogen, nitrogen and other materials on Earth to that of certain asteroids known as carbonaceous chondrites, as measured in meteorite samples, Marty said. NBC News, "We Might Not Exist If It Weren't For Comets," 9 June 2017

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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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