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

Other Words from jadeite

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

Examples of jadeite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a symbol of supreme status and wealth in Asia, top-quality jadeite is the most coveted jewel even surpassing diamonds. Jill Newman, Town & Country, 5 Feb. 2022 But there may be creatures lurking to protect the valuable jadeite within. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 5 Oct. 2021 There’s the Lucy necklace (named after the actress Lucy Liu), with a natural marquise jadeite set on a lightweight gold chain. Benoît Loiseau, New York Times, 5 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 28 May 2017 See More

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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 16 May. 2022.

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