Definition of pallasite in English:
A meteorite consisting of roughly equal proportions of iron and olivine.
- 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.
Definition of pallasite in:
- British & World English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia