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A stony meteorite that contains no chondrules.

a′chon·drit′ic (-drĭt′ĭk) adj.


(Celestial Objects) a rare stony meteorite that consists mainly of silicate minerals and has the texture of igneous rock but contains no chondrules. Compare chondrite
achondritic adj


(eɪˈkɒn draɪt)

a meteorite containing no chondrules.
a`chon•drit′ic (-ˈdrɪt ɪk) adj.


A type of stony meteorite.
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Noun1.achondrite - a stony meteor lacking chondrulesachondrite - a stony meteor lacking chondrules  
rock, stone - a lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter; "he threw a rock at me"
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Looking at other faces he would have recognized it as a type of meteorite called an achondrite, Randy Korotev, WUSTL's meteorite expert said.
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