Origin of jadeitejad(e) + -ite
a translucent, usually greenish, mineral, sodium aluminum iron silicate, Na(Al,Fe)SiO, of the pyroxene group, found only in metamorphic rock, esp. in Myanmar: it is the most precious type of jade
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.
(countable and uncountable, plural jadeites)
jade + -ite
- Acmite Spodumene Jadeite NaAl (S103)2.
- The famous ruby mines of Upper Burma are in metamorphic rock, while the jadeite of the Bhamo neighbourhood is associated with the Tertiary intrusions of serpentine-like rock already noticed.'