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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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 On a day lost to history, some fortuitous humans found a glistening meteorite, mostly iron and nickel, that had barreled through the atmosphere and crashed into the ground. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Amino acids have also been found in the Murchison meteorite, including nine previously unknown types. Jamie Seidel, Fox News, "Wild new alien theory emerges," 28 June 2018 With brewing ingredients like purple sweet potatoes, lobster, and even lunar meteorites, Dogfish Head is anything but old school. Nick Vadala,, "Philly Beer Week: 20 sudsy events to keep you drinking," 31 May 2018 From chemical analysis of the chunks of Mars that arrive on Earth as meteorites, researchers have a sense of the martian mantle’s composition. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "By listening for quakes on Mars, NASA lander will probe Red Planet’s interior," 18 Apr. 2018 The electron microscope revealed that the diamonds in the meteorite do house specific iron- and sulfur-bearing minerals that most likely formed at pressures greater than 20 gigapascals. National Geographic, "Diamonds From Outer Space Formed Inside a Long-Lost Planet," 17 Apr. 2018 At the age of 57, geologist Ursula Marvin traveled to Antarctica to hunt for meteorites, the first woman to ever do so. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Rockstar Geologist Who Mapped the Minerals of the Cosmos," 30 Mar. 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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