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achondrite Line breaks: achon|drite
Pronunciation: /əˈkɒndrʌɪt/

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Definition of achondrite in English:

noun

A stony meteorite containing no small mineral granules (chondrules).
Example sentences
  • Stones are divided into two main subcategories: chondrites and achondrites.
  • It has been identified in carbonaceous achondrite and iron meteorites.
  • There are a number of other achondrites that do not fit into any of the preceding groups or subgroups.

Derivatives

achondritic

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Stony-irons would then be samples from the boundary between the achondritic upper layers and the core.
  • While still on the parent body, much of the achondritic material was formed by igneous processes similar to those occurring on Earth today.
  • This means there are a lot of different groups and sub-types of iron meteorite and they can be related to both stony achondritic and chondrite meteorites.

Origin

Early 20th century: from a-1 'without' + chondrite.

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