Xenocryst meaning

zĕn'ə-krĭst', zē'nə-
A crystal foreign to the igneous rock in which it occurs.
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A crystal foreign to the igneous rock in which it occurs. Xenocrysts usually form during metamorphism.
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(geology) A crystal that does not occur in a specific igneous rock.
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Origin of xenocryst

  • xeno– cryst(al)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition