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- n. A hard, compact variety of the serpentine species antigorite.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A hard, compact variety of serpentine found in Rhode Island. It is of a light green color and resembles jade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variety of serpentine from Smithfield, Rhode Island, of light-green color and fine granular texture. It is remarkable for its hardness and its resemblance to jade.
Coined in 1850 by James Dwight Dana in honor of George Bowen, who originally analysed it, + -ite. (Wiktionary)