xe·​no·​lith | \ ˈze-nə-ˌlith How to pronounce xenolith (audio) , ˈzē- How to pronounce xenolith (audio) \

Definition of xenolith

: a fragment of a rock included in another rock

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xenolithic \ ˌze-​nə-​ˈli-​thik How to pronounce xenolithic (audio) , ˌzē-​ \ adjective

Examples of xenolith in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The surrounding landscape would be covered in volcanic ash and debris, some made of erupting magma, some made of chunks of mantle and crust xenoliths. Erik Klemetti, WIRED, "The Crazy Eruptions That Spit Up Diamonds," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of xenolith

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of xenolith was in 1894

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“Xenolith.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xenolith. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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