me·​te·​or·​ite | \ˈmē-tē-ə-ˌrīt \

Definition of meteorite 

: a meteor that reaches the surface of the earth without being completely vaporized

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meteoritic \ˌmē-​tē-​ə-​ˈri-​tik \ or less commonly meteoritical \-​ti-​kəl \ adjective

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The meteorites will appear to radiate out of the star Delta Aquarii, in the constellation Aquarius (which takes the form of a guy pouring out a jug of water). Brian Resnick, Vox, "The Delta Aquariids meteor shower is Friday night. Here’s how to watch.," 27 July 2018 This isn’t the only meteorite to launch a scavenger hunt this year. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A Research Ship Is Hunting Meteorite Fragments Off the Coast of Washington," 4 July 2018 Chondrites are physically and chemically the most primitive meteorites in the solar system. Perry A. Farrell, Detroit Free Press, "Which type of meteorite landed in Michigan? NASA 90% sure it knows," 17 Jan. 2018 In the same wing, visitors could see the Bendegó meteorite, the largest ever found in Brazil, which has been on show since 1888, as well as an Andean mummy. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Brazil Mourns Loss of Rio de Janeiro's National Museum After Devastating Fire," 4 Sep. 2018 To come to this conclusion, the research team led by Farhang Nabiei of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, used a high-powered electron microscope to study the tiny diamonds inside a thin section of the meteorite. Deborah Netburn,, "One of the solar system’s early planets didn’t survive, but its diamonds are now on Earth," 17 Apr. 2018 Earlier this year a large 70-lb iron meteorite sold at auction for an incredible $237,500. James Rogers, Fox News, "Meteorite hunters: Scientists set to scour Antarctica for rare space rocks," 28 Mar. 2018 Editor's note: A previous version of this story had incorrect information on the timing of the auction including the Christie's meteorite. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan meteorite from January to be auctioned at Christie's," 12 Feb. 2018 The meteorite broke apart and now sits in pieces at the bottom of the ocean, Now, one group is working to find those pieces and bring them back to the surface. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Are Hunting for Meteorite Fragments Off the Coast of Washington," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of meteorite

1823, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of meteorite

: a piece of rock or metal that has fallen to the ground from outer space : a meteor that reaches the surface of the Earth without burning up entirely


me·​te·​or·​ite | \ˈmē-tē-ə-ˌrīt \

Kids Definition of meteorite

: a meteor that reaches the surface of the earth

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