tektite

tektite (n.) small roundish glass bodies, probably of meteoric origin, 1909, from Ger. tektit (1900), from Gk. tektos "molten," from tekein "to melt."

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  • Tektite —   [zu griechisch tēktós »geschmolzen«, »schmelzbar«], Singular Tektit der, s, früher auch Glasmeteorite genannt, kleine, natürliche, flaschengrüne oder braune bis schwarze Glaskörper von unregelmäßiger Form (kugelig, knopf , hantel , tropfen ,… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Tektīte — (Glasmeteorite), glasig erstarrte Meteorsteine (s. d., S. 706) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • tektite — ☆ tektite [tek′tīt΄ ] n. [< Gr tēktos, molten (< tēkein, to melt < IE base * tā > THAW) + ITE1] any of certain small, yellowish green to black glassy bodies of various shapes, found in isolated locations around the world and thought… …   English World dictionary

  • Tektite — Tektites (from Greek tektos , molten) are natural glass objects up to a few centimeters in size, which most scientists argue were formed by the impact of large meteorites on Earth s surface. Tektites are typically black or olive green, and their… …   Wikipedia

  • Tektite — Schwarzer Tektit Moldavit …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • tektite — /tek tuyt/, n. Geol. any of several kinds of small glassy bodies, in various forms, occurring in Australia and elsewhere, now believed to have been produced by the impact of meteorites on the earth s surface. [1920 25; < Gk tekt(ós) molten +… …   Universalium

  • tektite — ⇒TECTITE, TEKTITE, subst. fém. MINÉR. Verre siliceux naturel, de couleur foncée (noir, vert, brun) brillante, riche en alumine et potasse, se rencontrant dans certaines régions du monde (Moldavie, Chine, Sénégal, Madagascar...) sous la forme de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • tektite — tektitas statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Mažas, apvalus, stikliškas kūnas, randamas meteoritų kritimo vietoje. atitikmenys: angl. tektite rus. тектит …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • tektite — noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek tēktos molten, from tēkein to melt more at thaw Date: 1909 a glassy body of probably meteoritic origin and of rounded but indefinite shape • tektitic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tektite — noun A small, round, dark glassy object, composed of silicates, formed by the rapid cooling of meteorite fragments that hit the Earth …   Wiktionary

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