Monday, October 29, 2007

Sounds like a deodorant

A word I didn't even know existed before I read it in the OED, much less was I cognizant of any need for such a word. I find it a pleasant-sounding word and I can see how it would be useful for people needing to draw some finer distinctions than the general population does on this topic.

aerolite

A stone or portion of matter which has fallen to the earth from, or rather through, the atmosphere; a meteoric stone, or meteorite. In recent usage, the name aerolite has been confined to those meteorites which consist of stone or other substance than meteoric iron: see AEROSIDERITE.

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