Origin of greenstone

First recorded in 1765–75; green + stone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for greenstone


  1. any basic igneous rock that is dark green because of the presence of chlorite, actinolite, or epidote
  2. a variety of jade used in New Zealand for ornaments and tools
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greenstone in Science


  1. Any of various green metamorphic rocks formed from igneous rocks that have a relatively low silica content and owe their color to the presence of a green mineral such as chlorite, hornblende, or epidote.
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