tektite

noun
tek·​tite | \ ˈtek-ˌtīt How to pronounce tektite (audio) \

Definition of tektite

: a glassy body of probably meteoritic origin and of rounded but indefinite shape

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Other Words from tektite

tektitic \ tek-​ˈti-​tik How to pronounce tektitic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tektite in a Sentence

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The tektites would have been nearly falling from space, falling down to Earth at terminal velocities between 100 and 200 miles per hour, the scientists estimate. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Annihilation Event That Killed The Dinosaurs Left This Diverse Graveyard Trapped in Time," 1 Apr. 2019 They're not just buried, but buried with glass beads known as tektites. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Annihilation Event That Killed The Dinosaurs Left This Diverse Graveyard Trapped in Time," 1 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of tektite

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tektite

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek tēktos molten, from tēkein to melt — more at thaw

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The first known use of tektite was in 1909

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