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.
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Origin and Etymology of nephrite
German Nephrit, from Greek nephros; from its formerly being worn as a remedy for kidney diseases
First Known Use: 1794See Words from the same year
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