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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [zen-l-ith]
    • /ˈzɛn l ɪθ/
    • /zˈenəʊlˌɪθ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [zen-l-ith]
    • /ˈzɛn l ɪθ/

Definitions of xenolith word

  • noun xenolith a rock fragment foreign to the igneous rock in which it is embedded. 1
  • noun xenolith A piece of rock within an igneous rock that is not derived from the original magma but has been introduced from elsewhere, especially the surrounding country rock. 1
  • noun xenolith a fragment of rock differing in origin, composition, structure, etc, from the igneous rock enclosing it 0
  • noun xenolith a rock fragment different in kind from the igneous rock in which it is embedded 0
  • noun xenolith (geology) any piece of rock having a different origin to that of the igneous rock in which it is found. 0

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Origin of xenolith

First appearance:

before 1900
One of the 17% newest English words
First recorded in 1900-05; xeno- + -lith

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Parts of speech for Xenolith


xenolith popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 54% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 58% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Top questions with xenolith

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