Definition of nephrite
: a compact tremolite or actinolite that is the commoner and less valuable kind of jade and that varies in color from white to dark green or black
Origin of nephrite
German Nephrit, from Greek nephros; from its formerly being worn as a remedy for kidney diseases
First Known Use: 1794
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