Definition of greenstone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrēnstōn/


1A greenish igneous rock containing feldspar and hornblende.
Example sentences
  • The primary rocks of the Bradshaw Mountains are granites and greenstones (gneiss and schist).
  • Greenwell discovered numerous antler picks scattered throughout the mine as well as the ground stone axe made of greenstone from Cornwall.
  • Some of the oldest rocks on earth have also been found here: the greenstone is estimated to be 3 000-million years old.
1.1chiefly New Zealand A variety of nephrite.
Example sentences
  • This same dress code, however, allows Maori students to wear bone and greenstone necklaces as part of the school's ‘Treaty of Waitangi obligations’.
  • In early 1913 six Maori greenstone artefacts disappeared from a showcase in the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum.
  • After performing a waiata the students presented Potikitaua-Taraare with a greenstone necklace and other gifts.

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Syllabification: green·stone

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