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a suffix of nouns denoting especially persons associated with a place, tribe, leader, doctrine, system, etc. (Campbellite; Israelite; laborite); minerals and fossils (ammonite; anthracite); explosives (cordite; dynamite); chemical compounds, especially salts of acids whose names end in -ous (phosphite; sulfite); pharmaceutical and commercial products (vulcanite); a member or component of a part of the body (somite).

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Origin of -ite

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Middle English <Latin -ita<Greek -itēs; often directly <Greek; in some words representing French -ite,German -it, etc. <Latin <Greek, as above

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Other definitions for -ite (2 of 2)

-ite

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a suffix forming adjectives and nouns from adjectives, and from some verbs: composite; opposite; erudite; requisite.

Origin of -ite

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<Latin -itus or -ītus past participle suffix

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How to use -ite in a sentence

  • “Verification is an awful idea,” says 21-year-old student and social media-ite Emi Suzuki.

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  • Well, ef she aint de beatenes' w'ite 'oman dis side er kingdom come, you kin des shoot me.

    Nights With Uncle Remus|Joel Chandler Harris
  • The Ky-ro-ite landlord perhaps thought he ought to be well compensated for keeping a hotel in such a place.

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  • "You can't cut no pigeon wing, w'ite boy," said 'Lias, Mammy's grandson.

  • Here is matrix opal, and here are numbers of strange-hued, crystalline gems with names all ending in "ite."

    Greenwich Village|Anna Alice Chapin
  • An acid terminating in -ous forms a salt ending in -ite, and an oxyacid ending in -ic forms a salt ending in -ate.

British Dictionary definitions for -ite (1 of 2)

-ite

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suffix forming nouns

a native or inhabitant ofIsraelite

a follower or advocate of; a member or supporter of a groupLuddite; labourite

(in biology) indicating a division of a body or organsomite

indicating a mineral or rocknephrite; peridotite

indicating a commercial productvulcanite

Word Origin for -ite

via Latin -ita from Greek -itēs or directly from Greek

British Dictionary definitions for -ite (2 of 2)

-ite

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suffix forming nouns

indicating a salt or ester of an acid having a name ending in -ousa nitrite is a salt of nitrous acid

Word Origin for -ite

from French, arbitrary alteration of -ate 1

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Medical definitions for -ite (1 of 2)

-ite 1

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suff.

A part of an organ, body, or bodily part:somite.

Product:metabolite.

Medical definitions for -ite (2 of 2)

-ite 2

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suff.

A salt or ester of an acid named with an adjective ending in -ous:sulfite.

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Scientific definitions for -ite

-ite

A suffix used to form the names of minerals, such as hematite and malachite.

A suffix used to form the name of a salt or ester of a specified acid whose name ends in -ous. Such salts or esters have one oxygen atom fewer than corresponding salts or esters with names ending in -ate. For example, a nitrite is a salt of nitrous acid and contains the group NO2, while a nitrate contains NO3. Compare -ate.

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