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.
xenolithic adjective

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  • Xenolith — Xenolith, Mineral, derb, als Geschiebe in feinstängeligen u. faserigen Aggregaten; Härte = 7, specifisches Gewicht = 3,5; weiß, graulich, gelblich; Glasglanz, auf Spaltungsflächen Perlmutterglanz; durchscheinend; besteht aus Kieselerde u.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • xenolith — (n.) 1894, from XENO (Cf. xeno ) foreign, strange + lith (see LITH (Cf. lith )) …   Etymology 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

  • Xenolith — This article concerns the geologic term, for other uses see: Xenolith (disambiguation) A xenolith (Greek: foreign rock ) is a rock fragment which becomes enveloped in a larger rock during the latter s development and hardening. In geology, the… …   Wikipedia

  • Xenolith — Weißer Kalkstein Xenolith in rotbrauner Lava des Vesuvs, Italien Gerundeter Mantelxen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 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 (disambiguation) — Xenolith may refer to: *Xenolith is a geologic term for foreign rock fragment within a host rock. *Xenolith is the name of a Microsoft Windows Trojan identified in January, 1998. *Xenolith is a role playing game for the PC introduced in 2001 …   Wikipedia

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

  • xenolith — noun any piece of rock having a different origin to that of the igneous rock in which it is found …   Wiktionary

  • Xenolith — Xe|no|lith 〈m. 1 oder m. 23; Geol.〉 in magmatischem Gestein eingeschlossenes Fremdgestein [<Xeno... + ...lith] * * * Xe|no|lith [auch: ... lɪt], der; s u. en, e[n] [↑ lith] (Geol.): Fremdkörper, Einschluss in Ergussgesteinen …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Xenolith — Xe|no|lith 〈m.; Gen.: (e)s od. en, Pl.: e od. en; Geol.〉 in magmatischem Gestein eingeschlossenes Fremdgestein [Etym.: <Xeno… + …lith] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

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