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[pen-uh-nahyt] /ˈpɛn əˌnaɪt/
noun, Mineralogy.
a member of the chlorite group, rhombohedral in habit.
Also, pennine
[pen-in, -ahyn] /ˈpɛn ɪn, -aɪn/ (Show IPA)
Origin of penninite
1865-70; < German Pennin (after the Pennine Alps) + -ite1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Since leaving the pennines we had seen no such glacier scenery.

    Italian Alps

    Douglas William Freshfield
  • North-country folk are musical, and this district of the pennines had produced many voices that passed on to cathedral choirs.

  • Coal enticed the cotton factories from the dales of the pennines to the moist lowlands of West Lancashire.

  • Glacial deposits obscure the older rocks over much of the county, they contain travelled stones from the pennines and Cheviots.

  • Danish Northumbria or Deira comprised the lands to the west of the pennines.

  • For miles there was a succession of hills and valleys, until the vista was terminated by the frowning pennines.

    Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S. Percy F. Westerman
  • In fact these groups stand between the pennines and the Maritimes alike in position and in character.

    The Alps Martin Conway
  • From the pennines the fertile valleys are so far removed as scarcely to enter into the normal scenery of the region.

    The Alps Martin Conway
British Dictionary definitions for pennines


plural noun
a system of hills in England, extending from the Cheviot Hills in the north to the River Trent in the south: forms the watershed for the main rivers of N England. Highest peak: Cross Fell, 893 m (2930 ft) Also called the Pennine Chain


a bluish-green variety of chlorite occurring in the form of thick crystals
Word Origin
C20: from German Pennin Pennine (Alps) + -ite1
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