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

1885–90; named after Kimberley, South Africa; see -ite1 Unabridged
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kimberlite (ˈkɪmbəˌlaɪt)
an intrusive igneous rock generated at great depth in the earth's mantle and consisting largely of olivine and phlogopite. It often contains diamonds
[C19: from Kimberley + -ite1]

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kimberlite   (kĭm'bər-līt')  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
The alluvial terraces are exhausted and the future lies in the underlying kimberlite rock.
Because the kimberlite is much softer than the surrounding granite, there were deeper depressions in the areas with kimberlite.
Diamonds, for instance, are found in rocks known as kimberlite.
In contrast to alluvial diamonds, there are kimberlite diamond deposits.
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