Definition of chondrule in English:

chondrule

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒndruːl
 
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noun

  • A spheroidal mineral grain present in large numbers in some stony meteorites.
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    • From the many color illustrations of meteorites in thin section, the author draws a number of personal conclusions about the origin of chondrules, citing their mineralogy and morphology.
    • Most are stony, and of these the majority consist of chondrules, which are globules of silicate minerals, embedded in a finer-grained matrix.
    • Henry Clifton Sorby, a nineteenth-century meteorite enthusiast, described chondrules as ‘droplets of fiery rain.’

Origin

late 19th century: from chondrite + -ule.

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