kimberlite definition by Webster's New World
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a kind of peridotite which sometimes contains diamonds
Origin: ; from Kimberley plush -lite
kimberlite definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A rock formation in South Africa containing peridotite, in which diamonds are formed.
Origin: After Kimberley, a city in central South Africa.
- kimˌber·litˈic adjective
kimberlite - Science Definition
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.