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tek·tite

 (tĕk′tīt′)
n.
Any of numerous generally small, rounded, dark brown to green glassy objects that are composed of silicate glass and are thought to have been formed by the impact of a meteorite with the earth's surface.

[Greek tēktos, molten (from tēkein, to melt) + -ite.]

tek·tit′ic (-tĭt′ĭk) adj.

tektite

(ˈtɛktaɪt)
n
(Geological Science) a small dark glassy object found in several areas around the world, thought to be a product of meteorite impact. See also moldavite
[C20: from Greek tēktos molten]

tek•tite

(ˈtɛk taɪt)

n.
a small glassy body of enigmatic origin, groups of which are found on land and beneath the sea in scattered areas of the world.
[1920–25; < German Tektit (1900) < Greek tēkt(ós) molten + -it -ite1]

tek·tite

(tĕk′tīt′)
Any of numerous dark-brown to green glassy objects, usually small and round, composed of silica and various oxides and found in several parts of the world. They are thought to have come from the moon or to have resulted from impacts of large meteorites with the Earth's surface.
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Noun1.tektite - thought to derive from meteorites
natural glass - magma of any composition that cooled very rapidly
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Key Words: geomagnetism, astroblemes, tectites, polarity inversion.