[ doo-nahyt, duhn-ahyt ]
/ ˈdu naɪt, ˈdʌn aɪt /
a coarse-grained igneous rock composed almost entirely of olivine.
Origin of dunite
1865–70; named after Mt. Dun in New Zealand, where it is found; see -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for dunite
/ (ˈdʌnaɪt) /
an ultrabasic igneous rock consisting mainly of olivine
Word Origin for dunite
C19: named after Dun Mountain, a mountain in New Zealand where it is abundant
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Science definitions for dunite
[ dōō′nīt′, dŭn′īt′ ]
A coarse-grained igneous rock that consists mainly of olivine.
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