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xenocryst

[zen-uh-krist, zee-nuh-] /ˈzɛn ə krɪst, ˈzi nə-/
noun, Mineralogy
1.
a rock or crystal engulfed by magma and retained as an inclusion in the resulting igneous rock.
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xenocrystic, adjective
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xenocryst

/ˈzɛnəˌkrɪst/
noun
1.
a crystal included within an igneous rock as the magma cooled but not formed from it
Word Origin
C20: from xeno- + cryst(al)
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xenocryst
  (zěn'ə-krĭst', zē'nə-)   
A crystal foreign to the igneous rock in which it occurs. Xenocrysts usually form during metamorphism. Compare xenolith.
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