xenolith

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xen·o·lith

 (zĕn′ə-lĭth′, zē′nə-)
n.
A rock fragment foreign to the igneous mass in which it occurs.
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xenolith

(ˈzɛnəlɪθ)
n
(Geological Science) a fragment of rock differing in origin, composition, structure, etc, from the igneous rock enclosing it
ˌxenoˈlithic adj
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xen•o•lith

(ˈzɛn l ɪθ, ˈzin-)

n.
a rock fragment foreign to the igneous rock in which it is embedded.
[1900–05]
xen`o•lith′ic, adj.
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xenolith

a fragment of rock embedded in another kind of rock.
See also: Geology
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.xenolith - (geology) a piece of rock of different origin from the igneous rock in which it is embeddedxenolith - (geology) a piece of rock of different origin from the igneous rock in which it is embedded
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
rock, stone - a lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter; "he threw a rock at me"
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The visualized stone was irrigated using saline prior to EHL, which was achieved using a Nortech Autolith system (Northgate Technologies Inc.; Elgin, IL) and a 1.9 Fr EHL probe.
These range from mafic xenoliths (probably derived from the foundation), to greyish granitic/aplitic autoliths themselves containing dark enclaves in rare instances.