green·​stone | \ ˈgrēn-ˌstōn How to pronounce greenstone (audio) \

Definition of greenstone

1 : nephrite
2 : any of numerous usually altered dark green compact rocks (such as diorite)

Examples of greenstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The local Consulate of Mexico will accept Olmec greenstone sculptures, a figure from the city of Zacatecas, bowls that were buried with tombs, and other clay figurines that date back thousands of years. Terry Tang, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 July 2022 The chamber where the deer carvings are located held the remains of up to ten people, some of them cremated, as well as a whetstone, a greenstone ax and a flint knife. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2021 The geology of northern Ontario and a swath of northern Minnesota are similar, all belonging to what’s called the Abitibi-Wawa greenstone belt. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, 22 Oct. 2020 Stop 1: Humpback Rocks For spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, head to Humpback Rocks, a massive greenstone outcrop (at milepost 5.8 of the Blue Ridge Parkway). Susan O'keefe, National Geographic, 29 Nov. 2019 In the latest study, Sobolev's team studied komatiite from the Barberton greenstone belt in South Africa, which is 3.3 billion years old. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 6 Aug. 2019 Shaggy Briton woodsmen in the vast pre-Roman forests of Cumbria, gripping their sacred Langdale axes, with glimmering heads knapped from the rare volcanic greenstone mined from the Pike of Stickle. Jonny Diamond, Longreads, 8 June 2019 The vessel, nicknamed el pato loco (the crazy duck), is just as unique as the greenstone figure in its own endearing way. Christopher Knight,, 18 Apr. 2018 Below, on a hillside of granite and greenstone, was the wreckage of a B-24D bomber that went down Dec. 21, 1943 during a flight to test the plane’s systems in extreme cold. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 30 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of greenstone

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Aug 2022

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“Greenstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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