Definitions for kerniteˈkɜr naɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

kern•iteˈkɜr naɪt(n.)

  1. a mineral, hydrated sodium borate, Na2B4O7∙4H2O, occurring in colorless crystals: the principal source of boron.

    Category: Mineralogy

Origin of kernite:

1925–30; after Kern County, Calif.; see -ite1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kernite(noun)

    a light soft mineral consisting of hydrated sodium borate in crystalline form; an important source of boron


  1. kernite(Noun)

    A hydrated borate mineral, NaBO(OH), originally discovered in the Mojave Desert.

  2. Origin: From Kern County, California.


  1. Kernite

    Kernite, also known as rasorite is a hydrated sodium borate hydroxide mineral with formula Na2B4O6(OH)2·3. It is a colorless to white mineral crystallizing in the monoclinic crystal system typically occurring as prismatic to acicular crystals or granular masses. It is relatively soft with Mohs hardness of 2.5 to 3 and light with a specific gravity of 1.91. It exhibits perfect cleavage and a brittle fracture. Kernite is soluble in cold water and alters to tincalconite when it dehydrates. It undergoes a non-reversible alteration to metakernite when heated to above 100° C.


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