xenolithic
adjective see xenolith

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • xenolithic — adjective Being or pertaining to a xenolith …   Wiktionary

  • xenolithic — adj. of a rock fragment that is foreign to the rock in which it is embedded …   English contemporary dictionary

  • xenolithic — xeno·lith·ic …   English syllables

  • xenolithic — adjective see xenolith …   Useful english dictionary

  • xenolith — xenolithic, adj. /zen l ith/, n. Petrog. a rock fragment foreign to the igneous rock in which it is embedded. Also called inclusion. [1900 05; XENO + LITH] * * * ▪ geology       rock fragment within an intrusive igneous body that is unrelated to… …   Universalium

  • xenolith — noun Date: 1894 a fragment of a rock included in another rock • xenolithic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Potassium-argon dating — or K Ar dating is a radiometric dating method used in geochronology and archeology. It is based on measuring the products of the radioactive decay of potassium (K), which is a common element found in materials such as micas, clay minerals, tephra …   Wikipedia

  • igneous rock — Any of various crystalline or glassy, noncrystalline rocks formed by the cooling and solidification of molten earth material (magma). Igneous rocks comprise one of the three principal classes of rocks, the others being metamorphic and sedimentary …   Universalium

  • xenolith — [ zɛnə(ʊ)lɪθ] noun Geology a piece of rock within an igneous mass which is not derived from the original magma but has been introduced from elsewhere, especially the surrounding country rock. Derivatives xenolithic adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • xenolith — [zen′əlith΄] n. [ XENO + LITH] Geol. a rock fragment different in kind from the igneous rock in which it is embedded xenolithic adj …   English World dictionary

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