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noun Mineralogy.
  1. a member of the chlorite group, rhombohedral in habit.
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Also pen·nine [pen-in, -ahyn] /ˈpɛn ɪn, -aɪn/.

Origin of penninite

1865–70; < German Pennin (after the Pennine Alps) + -ite1
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Historical Examples of pennines

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for pennines


pl n
  1. 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
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  1. a bluish-green variety of chlorite occurring in the form of thick crystals
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Word Origin for penninite

C20: from German Pennin Pennine (Alps) + -ite 1
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