tektite definition by Webster's New World
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any of certain small, yellowish-green to black glassy bodies of various shapes, found in isolated locations around the world and thought to have originated as meteorites or from meteorite impacts
Origin: ; from Classical Greek tēktos, molten (; from tēkein, to melt ; from Indo-European base an unverified form tā- from source thaw) plush -ite
tektite definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Any of numerous generally small, rounded, dark brown to green glassy objects that are composed of silicate glass and are thought to have been formed by the impact of a meteorite with the earth's surface.
Origin: Greek tēktos, molten (from tēkein, to melt) + -ite1.
- tek·titˈic adjective
tektite - Science Definition
Any of numerous dark-brown to green glassy objects, usually small (about the size of a walnut) and round with pitted surfaces. Tektites consist primarily (65% to 90%) of silica and have a very low water content. They are found in groups in several widely separated parts of the world and bear no relation to surrounding geologic formations. Some have shapes that show the kind of melting and deformation typical of objects that fall through the Earth's atmosphere. Tektites are believed to be of extraterrestrial origin or to have formed during high-velocity impacts on terrestrial rocks.