xenolith

noun
xe·​no·​lith | \ˈze-nə-ˌlith, ˈzē- \

Definition of xenolith 

: a fragment of a rock included in another rock

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xenolithic \ ˌze-​nə-​ˈli-​thik , ˌzē-​ \ adjective

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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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