Definition of -ite 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : native : resident Brooklynite

b : descendant Ephraimite

c : adherent : follower Jacobite Puseyite

2a(1) : product metabolite

(2) : commercially manufactured product ebonite

b : -itol mannite

3 [ New Latin -ites, from Latin ] : fossil ammonite

4 : mineral erythrite : rock anorthosite

5 [ French, from Latin -ita, -ites ] : segment or constituent part of a body or of a bodily part somite dendrite

Definition of -ite (Entry 2 of 2)

: salt or ester of an acid with a name ending in -ous nitrite

History and Etymology for -ite

Noun suffix (1)

from Latin -ita, -ites, from Greek -itēs

Noun suffix (2)

French, alteration of -ate -ate, from New Latin -atum

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Kids Definition of -ite

1 : native : resident

2 : descendant

3 : adherent : follower

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