A rare, usually emerald to light green but sometimes white, auburn, buff, or violet mineral, NaAlSi2O6, used as a gem and for ornamental carvings. It is the tougher and more highly valued form of jade.(noun)
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Use "jadeite" in a sentence
"Culture Minister, David Lammy, has placed a temporary export bar on a 'jadeite' Neolithic axe-head that once formed part of the collection of one of the fathers of British archaeology."
"It is a particularly fine specimen, beautifully shaped and polished, which shows off with considerable sophistication the tonalities and gradations of the fine hard 'jadeite' stone from which it is manufactured."
"It was laid out on a radial plan much like Paris or Washington, D.C. Luxury goods, such as jadeite pendants, eccentrically shaped obsidian objects, and exotic shells, confined to the ceremonial precincts of other sites, were found throughout the city."