Neph"rite [Cf. F. n'ephrite. See Nephritis.] Min.

A hard compact mineral, of a dark green color, formerly worn as a remedy for diseases of the kidneys, whence its name; kidney stone; a kind of jade. See Jade.

<-- varies in color from white to dark green. It is the more common and less valuable variety of jade, the other being jadeite. [MW10] Large deposits are found in Australia. Called also nephritic stone. -->


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