jade·​ite | \ ˈjā-ˌdīt How to pronounce jadeite (audio) \

Definition of jadeite

: a usually green monoclinic mineral of the pyroxene group that is a silicate of sodium and aluminum and is a jade

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jaditic \ jā-​ˈdi-​tik How to pronounce jaditic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of jadeite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fashioned from the mineral jadeite, the chisel-style implement was found at the site of Ek Way Nal, a Maya salt works in southern Belize that is now submerged in a saltwater lagoon. Fox News, "27 Maya ritual sites discovered on online map by eagle-eyed archaeologist," 20 Oct. 2019 Our favorite part, though, has to be the range of retro milkglass, offered in a true-to-original jadeite color, as well as a peachy pink variety. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Chip and Jo Gaines's New Hearth & Hand Collection for Target Has Jadeite, Chic Table Linens, and More," 19 Feb. 2019 Last month, during a series of sales in Hong Kong, Sotheby’s said participation from mainland Chinese bidders fell 14% compared with the year before, hurting its sales of jadeite and traditional Chinese paintings. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Art Market, Hoping the Good Times Keep Rolling, Prepares for N.Y. Sales," 6 Nov. 2018 The decor is very retro pastel, with schoolhouse lamps and displays of cake stands in jadeite and rose glass. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "Sweets and the city: A visit to Magnolia Bakery," 12 Apr. 2018 In the mid-1990s, Myanmar’s army captured the Hpakant jadeite mine, the world’s richest, from the Kachin Independence Army, a rebel force of around 10,000 men, about 35 miles north of Indawgyi Lake. Doug Clark, New York Times, "In Myanmar, a Lake That Sustained Generations Feels Strains," 28 May 2017 Jade is a complex stone to purchase well, because there are two different varieties (nephrite and jadeite) and numerous grades, colors, and subtle qualities to consider. Augusten Burroughs, Town & Country, "Augusten Burroughs On His Unlikely Passion for Jade Jewelry," 15 Sep. 2016

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1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Jadeite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jadeite. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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