Adjective "kimberlite" definition and examples

(Kimberlite may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈkɪmbəlʌɪt/

Definitions and examples

noun

A rare, blue-tinged, coarse-grained intrusive igneous rock sometimes containing diamonds, found in South Africa and Siberia.
  1. 'Lamproite is also a mantle-derived ultramafic rock that differs from kimberlite in bulk chemistry, being richer in silicon and poorer in aluminum and iron.'
  2. 'So Rankin Inlet wasn't surprised when prospectors exploring the area recently announced a promising find of kimberlite, a volcanic rock that often contains diamonds, 20 km from town.'

More definitions

1. Petrology. a variety of micaceous peridotite, low in silica content and high in magnesium content, in which diamonds are formed.

More examples(as adjective)

"pipes can be kimberlite."

"reserves can be kimberlite."

"rocks can be kimberlite."

"provinces can be kimberlite."

"dykes can be kimberlite."

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Origin

Late 19th century: from Kimberley + -ite.