Definition of xenolithic in English:

xenolithic

adjective

Geology
  • See xenolith

    • ‘And even in cases where volcanism has taken place, there are often older chunks of unmelted rock, called xenolithic inclusions, that can be identified within a lava flow and dated accurately.’
    • ‘PLT - 2 is a grey, fine-grained rock that occurs as xenolithic rafts within PLT-I.’
    • ‘Higher up the section leucogranites become increasing more abundant and the pelitic gneisses occur only as xenolithic stringers enclosed wholly by the granite.’
    • ‘They were a series of most interesting specimens that proved clearly the abnormal and intensely xenolithic character of the rock in question.’
    • ‘ESR dating of volcanic rocks, through the use of either phenocrystic or xenolithic quartz, has received increasing interest in the past decade.’