Definition of pallasite in English:

pallasite

Line breaks: pal¦las|ite
Pronunciation: /ˈpaləsʌɪt
 
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noun

  • A meteorite consisting of roughly equal proportions of iron and olivine.
    More example sentences
    • Meteorites from one subcategory, the pallasites, contain large crystals of the mineral olivine imbedded in a matrix of metal.
    • It is the famous Pallassovo Zhelezo (Pallass's Iron) meteorite, which gave its name to the entire class of iron-stone meteorites known as pallasites.
    • There is a fine observatory just west of Wichita, and a remarkable meteorite, classified as a pallasite, on display in Greensburg, Kansas.

Origin

mid 19th century: from the name of Peter S. Pallas (1741–1811), German naturalist, + -ite1.

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