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- any of various hard greenish gems used in jewelry and artistic carvings, including jadeite and nephrite
- a green color of medium hue
Origin: Fr from Spanish (piedra de) ijada, (stone of) the side, loin from Vulgar Latin an unverified form iliata from Classical Latin ilia, plural of ileum (see ileum): from the notion that it cured pains inch(es) the side
- made of jade
- green like jade
- a horse, esp. a worn-out, worthless one
- a loose or disreputable woman
- Now Rare a saucy, pert young woman
Origin: ME, probably via Anglo-French from Old Norse jalda, a mare from Finnish
- jadish adjective
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- Either of two distinct minerals, nephrite and jadeite, that are generally pale green or white and are used mainly as gemstones or in carving.
- A carving made of jade.
- Jade green.
Origin: French (le) jade, (the) jade, alteration of (l')ejade, from Spanish (piedra de) ijada, flank (stone) (from the belief that it cured renal colic), from Vulgar Latin *īliāta, from Latin īlia, pl. of īlium, flank.
- jade adjective
verb jad·ed, jad·ing, jades verb, transitive
- A broken-down or useless horse; a nag.
- A woman regarded as disreputable or shrewish.
Origin: From Middle English iade, cart-horse, nag; akin to Swedish dialectal jälda, mare, possibly of Finno-Ugric origin.
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