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serpentinize

[sur-puh n-tee-nahyz]
verb (used with object), ser·pen·tin·ized, ser·pen·tin·iz·ing. Mineralogy.
  1. to convert (a mineral or rock) into serpentine.
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Also especially British, ser·pen·tin·ise.

Origin of serpentinize

First recorded in 1785–95; serpentine2 + -ize
Related formsser·pen·tin·i·za·tion, noun
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