neph·​rite ˈne-ˌfrīt How to pronounce nephrite (audio)
: 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

Examples of nephrite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 15 Sep. 2016

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nephrite was in 1794

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“Nephrite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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