A variety of lignite, of a very compact texture and velvet black colour, susceptible of a good polish, and often wrought into mourning jewelry, toys, buttons, etc. Formerly called also black amber.

<zoology> Jet ant, a blackish European ant (Formica fuliginosa), which builds its nest of a paperlike material in the trunks of trees.

Origin: OF. Jet, jayet, F. Jaiet, jais, L. Gagates, fr. Gr.; so called from or, a town and river in Lycia

Alternative forms: jeat, jayet.

(01 Mar 1998)

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