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 xenolith (audio) , ˌzē-​ \ adjective

Examples of xenolith in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Look for a 'turkey gobbler' rock, xenoliths (quartz crystals and other material embedded in boulders) and knife-edge slabs that have flaked off walls of granite. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Prescott hike has cool rock formations and Granite Mountain views. Here's how to do it," 5 Mar. 2020 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xenolith. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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