from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Consisting of, containing, relating to, or yielding carbon.

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  • adj. of, relating to, rich in, or yielding carbon

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, containing, or composed of, carbon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or consisting of carbon; containing carbon or coaly matter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or consisting of or yielding carbon


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  • If the bombardment involved not only comets but also a bunch of these wet meteorites, called carbonaceous chondrites, then the overall deuterium-to-hydrogen ratio of the water raining down from the heavens could have been about right for forming today's oceans and lakes.

    Earth contains a vast amount of water, but scientists are unsure of its origins

  • To help confirm if any nucleobases seen in meteorites were of extraterrestrial origin, scientists used the latest scientific analysis techniques on samples from a dozen meteorites - 11 organic-rich meteorites called carbonaceous chondrites and one ureilite, a very rare type of meteorite with a different chemical composition.

  • Andrew Scott of Royal Holloway, University of London in Egham, United Kingdom, and colleagues used four kinds of microscopy to take a closer look at the odd debris, known as carbonaceous spherules.


  • Sunlight reflecting from the surface showed that Phobos was dark, absorbing more than 90 per cent of the incoming sunlight and resembling the meteorites known as carbonaceous chondrites.

    New Scientist - Space

  • Over the last four years, the team carefully analyzed samples of meteorites with an abundance of carbon, called carbonaceous chondrites.

    Scientific Blogging

  • The cloud contains black particles called carbonaceous aerosols-basically carbon soot.

    Scientific American

  • Krypton in today's atmosphere is somewhat heavier than solar krypton, and the krypton embedded in meteorites known as carbonaceous chondrites is even heavier than that.

    Scientific American

  • Most asteroids appear to be carbonaceous, meaning that they contain large amounts of the volatiles we need to thrive and expand: water, hydrocarbons, nitrogen compounds.

    Colonizing the Solar System

  • If we have accepted only one of the data of "untrue meteoritic material" -- one instance of "carbonaceous" matter -- if it be too difficult to utter the word "coal" -- we see that in this inclusion-exclusion, as in every other means of forming an opinion, false inclusion and false exclusion have been practiced by curators of museums.

    The Book of the Damned

  • If a Mr. Symons mentions one instance of coal, or of slag or cinders, said to have fallen from the sky, we are not -- except by association with the "carbonaceous" meteorites -- strong in our impression that coal sometimes falls to this earth from coal-burning super-constructions up somewhere --

    The Book of the Damned


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