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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Meteorite \Me"te*or*ite\, n. [Cf. F. m['e]t['e]orite.] (Min.)
A mass of stone or iron which has fallen to the earth from
space; an aerolite.
Note: Meteorites usually show a pitted surface with a fused
crust, caused by the heat developed in their rapid
passage through the earth's atmosphere. A meteorite may
consist: 1. Of metallic iron, alloyed with a small
percentage of nickel (meteoric iron, holosiderite).
When etched this usually exhibits peculiar crystalline
figures, called Widmanst[aum]tten figures. 2. Of a
cellular mass of iron with imbedded silicates
(mesosiderite or siderolite). 3. Of a stony mass of
silicates with little iron (meteoric stone,
sporadosiderite). 4. Of a mass without iron
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: stony or metallic object that is the remains of a meteoroid
that has reached the earth's surface
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