Definition of xenocryst in English:


Line breaks: xeno|cryst
Pronunciation: /ˈzɛnə(ʊ)krɪst


  • A crystal in an igneous rock which is not derived from the original magma.
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    • This could represent a xenocryst derived from Archaean basement rocks of the region.
    • Again, the lack of zircon xenocrysts in this sample does not allow discrimination between these alternatives.
    • The xenocrysts provide evidence that earlier Neoproterozoic rocks were present in the region and that locally rocks date back to 1929 Ma.



Pronunciation: /-ˈkrɪstɪk/
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  • Many of the intrusions contain veins and irregular patches of xenocrystic hybrid rock and granite.
  • There is also a subpopulation of subrounded xenocrystic zircons, which are slightly more brown than euhedral grains.
  • These are interpreted as xenocrystic cores and are of a similar age to zircon analysed elsewhere in the Anatolide belt of western Turkey.


late 19th century: from xeno- 'foreign' + crystal.

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