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  Dictionary Definition of jades

jade [1]
noun
1. either of two minerals, jadeite or nephrite, sometimes green, highly esteemed as an ornamental stone for carvings, jewellery, etc.
2. Also, jade green. green; varying from bluish green to yellowish green.
[F, from Sp. ( piedra de ) ijada, lit., (stone of) colic (Sp. ijada pain in the side, colic, from L ilia flanks. See ILIUM) ]
-- jadelike, adjective