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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“-ite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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Kids Definition of -ite

1 : native : resident
2 : descendant
3 : adherent : follower

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