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A variety of peridotite forming pipes in which diamonds and garnets are often found.
[After Kimberley, a city in central South Africa where several kimberlite pipes mined for large diamonds are found.]
kim′ber·lit′ic (-lĭt′ĭk) adj.
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(Minerals) 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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|Noun||1.||kimberlite - a rare type of peridotite that sometimes contains diamonds; found in South Africa and Siberia|
peridotite - a dark coarse-grained igneous rock consisting principally of olivine
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