American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A meteorite composed of a mixed mass of iron and stone.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name first given by N. S. Maskelyne (in the form aëro-siderolite) to those meteorites which G. Rose had previously called pallasites. For meteorites consisting chiefly of metallic (nickeliferous) iron the name siderite was proposed by C. U. Shepard, and that of holosiderite by Daubrée; but the former is not admissible, because this name was. long ago preoccupied by a well-known and widely distributed mineral species, and the latter cannot be accepted, because the majority of the specimens so designated are not wholly of iron. The name siderolite has therefore been transferred by M. E. Wadsworth to those meteorites which are composed chiefly of iron—in most cases, however, inclosing more or less irregular and nodular masses of pyrrhotite, schreibersite, graphite, etc. The same author includes in siderolite masses of iron of similar character although of terrestrial origin, as those of Ovifak in Greenland. See
meteorite, under which the meaning of pallasite is given.
- n. In zoology, same as siderolith.
- n. Lacquered ware, manufactured in northern Bohemia, intermediate in character between fine and common stoneware. It has no glaze, but a strong surface-color of varnish or lacquer. The color or bronze is mixed with turpentine or linseed-oil and applied with a pencil. The ware is then placed in a slow oven, the ethereal oils volatlize, and the bronze color becomes fixed to the surface of the ware.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of meteorite. See under meteorite.
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