from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rock formation in South Africa containing peridotite, in which diamonds are formed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A variety of peridotite containing a high proportion of carbon dioxide; often contains diamonds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In petrography, a dense porphyritic peridotite, occurring at Kimberley, South Africa, partly serpentinized with phenocrysts of olivin and with a few of biotite, bronzite, ilmenite, perovskite, and pyrope.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rare type of peridotite that sometimes contains diamonds; found in South Africa and Siberia


After Kimberley, a city in central South Africa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Based on the name of the South African town of Kimberley where the mineral was first found. (Wiktionary)


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