- a rock fragment foreign to the igneous rock in which it is embedded.
Origin of xenolith
Also called inclusion.
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- a fragment of rock differing in origin, composition, structure, etc, from the igneous rock enclosing it
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Word Origin and History for xenolith
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- A rock fragment foreign to the igneous mass in which it occurs. Xenoliths usually become incorporated into a cooling magma body when pieces of the rock into which the magma was injected break off and fall into it. Compare xenocryst.
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