One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stony meteorite containing no small mineral granules (chondrules).
- ‘It has been identified in carbonaceous achondrite and iron meteorites.’
- ‘The shop offers a wide range of Lunar and Martian meteorites along with many rare achondrites and chondrites.’
- ‘From the crusts of differentiated asteroids and planets come the meteorites we call achondrites.’
- ‘A single blackened 361 gram achondrite was found in Dar al Gani, Libya at Lat. 26 deg. 55.17’ N and Long. 16 deg. 40.44’ E.’
- ‘Primitive achondrites then experienced varying degrees of melting, thermal processing, and recrystallization.’
- ‘They are sometimes referred to as enstatite achondrites and might somehow be related to the enstatite chondrites.’
- ‘This very unusual achondrite has big lumps of iron in it.’
- ‘However, three types of achondrites stand out from the others.’
- ‘A third kind of achondrite would be a rock (like a chondrite) that was simply melted and cooled.’
- ‘The Specimens below are polished to a high luster on one side to allow viewing of the beautiful crystalline structure characteristic of this rare primitive achondrite!’
- ‘A related group of achondrites, called mesosiderites, are brecciated and metamorphosed.’
- ‘Based on their texture, stone meteorites are divided into two types, the chondrites and the achondrites.’
- ‘Discovered at Reckling Peak, Antarctica, this type of meteorite is known as an achondrite.’
- ‘Sources of other specific meteorites remain unproven, although another set of eight achondrites are suspected to have come from Mars.’
- ‘Stones are divided into two main subcategories: chondrites and achondrites.’
- ‘There are a number of other achondrites that do not fit into any of the preceding groups or subgroups.’
Early 20th century: from a- ‘without’ + chondrite.
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