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A stone of meteoric origin characterized by chondrules and consisting of some of the oldest solid material in the solar system.

chon·drit′ic (-drĭt′ĭk) adj.


(Astronomy) a stony meteorite consisting mainly of silicate minerals in the form of chondrules. Compare achondrite
chondritic adj


(ˈkɒn draɪt)

a stony meteorite containing chondrules.
[1880–85; < German Chondrit < Greek chóndr(os) granule + German -it -ite1]
chon•drit′ic (-ˈdrɪt ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.chondrite - a rock of meteoric origin containing chondrules
chondrule - small granule (of e.g. chrysolite) found in some meteoric rocks
rock, stone - a lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter; "he threw a rock at me"
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Phobos is made of a material similar to Type I or II carbonaceous chondrites.
The Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd isotopic composition of CHUR: Constraints from unequilibriated chondrites and implications for the bulk composition of terrestrial planets.
Scientists think L chondrites are the shards of a giant space rock--maybe an asteroid, maybe not--that collided with an asteroid around 470 million years ago.
The information compiled on ordinary chondrites indicates that these meteorites originate from small asteroids which, with a diameter of less than a few hundred kilometres, collided, giving rise to these rocks millions of years ago.
Jupiter said, 'Get out of my way' and all these water-rich carbonaceous chondrites outside the snow line got flung toward the sun, and all the inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.
Overall light REE enrichment and relatively flat heavy REE abundances relative to chondrites in the Litchfield pluton (Fig.
Specifically, they focused on the spectra, or chemical fingerprints, of carbonaceous chondrites, a type of carbon-rich meteorite thought to be relevant analogues for the dwarf planet.
Miller and her team study meteorites called chondrites, which are thought to be the most primitive leftovers from the birth and infancy of the solar system about 4.
Effect of different chondrites on the parameters of rare earth elements.
Media hype claiming that chondrites (a type of meteorite) could bring you a bonanza sparked the fever for space rocks," an official from the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea (CHAK) said.