noun neph·rite \ˈne-ˌfrīt\

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

Other Mineralogy Terms

agate, host, inclusion, matrix, streak


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