Origin of chondrite

First recorded in 1880–85; chondr- + -ite1
Related formschon·drit·ic [kon-drit-ik] /kɒnˈdrɪt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for chondrite


  1. a stony meteorite consisting mainly of silicate minerals in the form of chondrulesCompare achondrite
Derived Formschondritic (kɒnˈdrɪtɪk), adjective
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chondrite in Science


  1. A stony meteorite that contains chondrules embedded in a fine matrix of the silicate minerals olivine and pyroxene. About 85 percent of all meteorites are chondrites.
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