jade·​ite | \ˈjā-ˌdīt \

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 \ adjective

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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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First Known Use of jadeite

1865, in the meaning defined above

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