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aerolite

[air-uh-lahyt] /ˈɛər əˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a meteorite consisting mainly of stony matter.
Also, aerolith
[air-uh-lith] /ˈɛər ə lɪθ/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin of aerolite
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; aero- + -lite
Related forms
aerolitic
[air-uh-lit-ik] /ˌɛər əˈlɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the Web for aerolite
Historical Examples
  • I know of no aerolite that has ever been acceptably traced to terrestrial origin.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • Up and up it went as if it had resolved to become an aerolite and visit the moon!

    The Hot Swamp R.M. Ballantyne
  • I am the only person aboard the aerolite who can pilot it back to the earth, or to the moon.

    The Moon Colony William Dixon Bell
  • While he was doing this Toplinsky came around the side of the aerolite and discovered them.

    The Moon Colony William Dixon Bell
  • Later we will return and all of us will go back to the aerolite.

    The Moon Colony William Dixon Bell
  • Accompanied by Joan, Epworth entered his glider and flew over to the aerolite.

    The Moon Colony William Dixon Bell
  • But when they landed near the aerolite they were met by Michael Strauss.

    The Moon Colony William Dixon Bell
  • Two Swedish sailors were killed on ship-board by the fall of an aerolite.

    Meteoric astronomy: Daniel Kirkwood
  • An aerolite becomes the property of the owner of the land on which it falls, and not of the person finding or digging it out.

  • The next morning there was nothing better to do than to go with my companions to look after the aerolite.

British Dictionary definitions for aerolite

aerolite

/ˈɛərəˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a stony meteorite consisting of silicate minerals
Derived Forms
aerolitic (ˌɛərəˈlɪtɪk) adjective
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