Meteorite



[mee-tee-uh-rahyt] /ˈmi ti əˌraɪt/

noun
1.
a mass of stone or metal that has reached the earth from outer space; a fallen meteoroid.
2.
a meteoroid.
/ˈmiːtɪəˌraɪt/
noun
1.
a rocklike object consisting of the remains of a meteoroid that has fallen on earth. It may be stony (chondrite), iron, or stony iron (pallasite) See chondrite
n.

“rock that falls to earth, after streaking across the sky as a meteor,” 1818, from meteor + -ite.
meteorite
(mē’tē-ə-rīt’)
A meteor that reaches the Earth’s surface because it has not been burned up by friction with the atmosphere. Meteorites are believed to be fragments of comets and asteroids. ◇ Meteorites that consist mostly of silicates are called stony meteorites and are classified as either chondrites or achondrites. ◇ Meteorites that consist mostly of iron are called iron meteorites. ◇ Meteorites that consist of a mixture of silicates and iron are called stony-iron meteorites.

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