Origin of nephriteGerman nephrit ; from Classical Greek nephritēs, of the kidneys ; from nephros, kidney (see nephro-): formerly worn as a supposed remedy for kidney ailments
Origin of nephriteGreek nephros, kidney (from the belief that it cured kidney diseases) + –ite1.
(countable and uncountable, plural nephrites)
- (mineralogy) A semi-precious stone, one of the two types of stone commonly referred to as jade, (the other being jadeite).
From Latin lapis nephriticus, via Ancient Greek λίθος (lithos) νεφριτικός (nephritikos), meaning kidney stone, because jade was believed to have cured kidney stones.