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[kim-ber-lahyt] /ˈkɪm bərˌlaɪt/
Petrology. a variety of micaceous peridotite, low in silica content and high in magnesium content, in which diamonds are formed.
Origin of kimberlite
1885-90; named after Kimberley, South Africa; see -ite1 Unabridged
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  • The diamonds at Kimberley are found in a blue earth, technically known as kimberlite and commonly called "blue ground."

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • "We placed the instruments without difficulty," Balgos began—and Connel's eye caught sight of the kimberlite samples on the table.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for kimberlite


an intrusive igneous rock generated at great depth in the earth's mantle and consisting largely of olivine and phlogopite. It often contains diamonds
Word Origin
C19: from Kimberley + -ite1
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kimberlite in Science
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.
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