[ kim-ber-lahyt ]
/ ˈkɪm bərˌlaɪt /
Petrology. a variety of micaceous peridotite, low in silica content and high in magnesium content, in which diamonds are formed.
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Example sentences from the Web for kimberlite
The diamonds at Kimberley are found in a blue earth, technically known as kimberlite and commonly called "blue ground."An African Adventure|Isaac F. Marcosson
"We placed the instruments without difficulty," Balgos began—and Connel's eye caught sight of the kimberlite samples on the table.The Flaming Mountain|Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for kimberlite
/ (ˈkɪmbəˌlaɪt) /
an intrusive igneous rock generated at great depth in the earth's mantle and consisting largely of olivine and phlogopite. It often contains diamonds
Word Origin for kimberlite
C19: from Kimberley + -ite 1
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Scientific definitions for kimberlite
[ kĭm′bər-līt′ ]
A type of peridotite consisting of a fine-grained matrix of calcite and olivine and containing phenocrysts of olivine, garnet, and sometimes diamonds. Kimberlites are found in long, vertical volcanic pipes, especially in South Africa.
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