- a mineral, hydrated sodium borate, Na2B4O7⋅4H2O, occurring in transparent colorless crystals: the principal source of boron compounds in the U.S.
Origin of kernite
1925–30; named after Kern County, California; see -ite1
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- a light soft colourless or white mineral consisting of a hydrated sodium borate in monoclinic crystalline form: an important source of borax and other boron compounds. Formula: Na 2 B 4 O 7 .4H 2 O
C20: from Kern County, California, where it was found + -ite 1