Chondrule
Chondrule Chon"drule, n. [Dim. from Gr. ? a grain (of wheat or spelt), cartilage.] (Min.) A peculiar rounded granule of some mineral, usually enstatite or chrysolite, found imbedded more or less abundantly in the mass of many meteoric stones, which are hence called chondrites. [1913 Webster]

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  • chondrule — [kän′dro͞ol΄] n. [< ModL chondrus, chondrule (< Gr chondros: see CHONDRO ) + ULE] a rounded mass of various minerals, the size of a pea or smaller, in most stony meteorites …   English World dictionary

  • Chondrule — Chondrules in the chondrite Grassland. A millimeter scale is shown. Chondrules (from Ancient Greek χόνδρος chondros, grain) are round grains found in chondrites. Chondrules form as molten or partially molten droplets in space before being… …   Wikipedia

  • chondrule — noun Etymology: Greek chondros grain Date: circa 1889 a rounded granule of cosmic origin often found embedded in meteoric stones and sometimes free in marine sediments …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Chondrule — Chondre Vue en coupe d une météorite dévoilant les chondres. Élément important des météorites non différenciées de type chondrite, les chondres (ou chondrules) sont des petits grains (du grec chondron : granules) de composition variée noyés… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • chondrule — /kon droohl/, n. a small round mass of olivine or pyroxene found in stony meteorites. [1885 90; CHONDR + ULE] * * * ▪ astronomy       small, rounded particle embedded in most stony meteorites called chondrites (chondrite). Chondrules are usually… …   Universalium

  • chondrule — noun A small, round granule, formed from molten rock, found in chondritic meteorites …   Wiktionary

  • chondrule — n. mass of pyroxene found in meteorites …   English contemporary dictionary

  • chondrule — [ kɒndru:l] noun a spheroidal mineral grain present in large numbers in some stony meteorites. Origin C19: from chondrite + ule …   English new terms dictionary

  • chondrule — chon·drule …   English syllables

  • chondrule — chon•drule [[t]ˈkɒn drul[/t]] n. astron. mir a small round mass of olivine or pyroxene found in stony meteorites • Etymology: 1885–90; chondr ( ite) + ule …   From formal English to slang

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