Definition of serpentinize in US English:



[with object]Geology
  • Convert into serpentine.

    • ‘It is clear nevertheless that transforms are sites where deep-seated rocks, such as serpentinized peridotite (derived from the upper mantle), are relatively common.’
    • ‘Olivine in the plutons is only partly serpentinized.’
    • ‘Most samples are very altered, with olivines and orthopyroxenes being strongly serpentinized.’
    • ‘During and after the exhumation, the lherzolites underwent hydrothermal alteration and serpentinized at relatively low temperature.’
    • ‘The lowermost rocks are serpentinized dunite and harzburgite, which are best exposed in the NE of the ophiolite.’