Mineralogy. a compact or fibrous variety of actinolite, varying from whitish to dark green: a form of jade.
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How to use nephrite in a sentence
Beside the commoner minerals five to eight per cent of implements made of nephritoids (nephrite, jadeite, and chloromelanite).The New Stone Age in Northern Europe | John M. Tyler
It is a kind of nephrite or jade, a mineral which usually occurs in talcose or magnesian rocks.Roman Mosaics | Hugh Macmillan
Spleen′ishness, the state of being spleenish; Spleen′-stone, jade or nephrite; Spleen′wort, any fern of the genus Asplenium.
This celt is of a mottled green "marble resembling onyx" (probably serpentine or nephrite) 400 mm.The Archaeology of the Yakima Valley | Harlan Ingersoll Smith
Objects made of nephrite and whale's bone are lacking in the Yakima Valley.The Archaeology of the Yakima Valley | Harlan Ingersoll Smith
British Dictionary definitions for nephrite
a tough fibrous amphibole mineral: a variety of jade consisting of calcium magnesium silicate in monoclinic crystalline form. Formula: Ca 2 Mg 5 Si 8 O 22 (OH) 2: Also called: kidney stone
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Scientific definitions for nephrite
A green to blue variety of jade. Nephrite is an amphibole and is the least precious form of jade. Chemical formula: Ca2(Mg,Fe)5Si8O22(OH)2.
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