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serpentinize

[sur-puh n-tee-nahyz] /ˌsɜr pənˈti naɪz/
verb (used with object), serpentinized, serpentinizing. Mineralogy
1.
to convert (a mineral or rock) into serpentine.
Also, especially British, serpentinise.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; serpentine2 + -ize
Related forms
serpentinization, noun
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