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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Min.) A hard, compact variety of serpentine found in Rhode Island. It is of a light green color and resembles jade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun mineralogy A hard, compact variety of the serpentine species antigorite.

Etymologies

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Coined in 1850 by James Dwight Dana in honor of George Bowen, who originally analysed it, +‎ -ite.

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