Definition of stony-iron in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈstōnēˌī(ə)rn/


(Of a meteorite) containing appreciable quantities of both rock and iron.
Example sentences
  • Chondrites are made primarily of rock and so have a lower density than stony-iron meteorites, which contain some metal.
  • If sliced, the peridioles are exposed, giving the false impression of a stony-iron meteorite.


A stony-iron meteorite.
Example sentences
  • Material like that of the stony-irons is thought to occur at the core-mantle boundary of the Earth.
  • The crust is more prevalent on stones and stony-irons and may have partially flaked off.
  • Irons and stony-irons are dense, with up to equal amounts of silicates and iron, and are often irregular in shape.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ston·y-i·ron

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.