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pallasite Syllabification: pal·las·ite
Pronunciation: /ˈpaləsīt/

Definition of pallasite in English:


A meteorite consisting of roughly equal proportions of iron and olivine.
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.


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

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