serpentinize

[ sur-puh n-tee-nahyz ]
/ ˌsɜr pənˈti naɪz /

verb (used with object), ser·pen·tin·ized, ser·pen·tin·iz·ing. Mineralogy.

to convert (a mineral or rock) into serpentine.
Also especially British, ser·pen·tin·ise.

Origin of serpentinize

First recorded in 1785–95; serpentine2 + -ize

Related forms

ser·pen·tin·i·za·tion, noun
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