greenstone

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Etymology[edit]

From green + stone.

Noun[edit]

greenstone (countable and uncountable, plural greenstones)

  1. (archaeology) any of several green-hued minerals used for making various artefacts in early Mesoamerican cultures, e.g. greenschist, chlorastrolite, serpentine, omphacite, or chrysoprase
  2. (New Zealand) the green-hued minerals of New Zealand used by Māori to make tools, ornaments and weapons (any of three varieties of nephrite jade or one variety of bowenite)
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