nephrite

noun
neph·​rite | \ ˈne-ˌfrīt How to pronounce nephrite (audio) \

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

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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 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 nephrite

1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nephrite

German Nephrit, from Greek nephros; from its formerly being worn as a remedy for kidney diseases

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