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-ite

noun suffix

Definition of -ite

1 a : native : resident
  • Brooklynite
b : descendant
  • Ephraimite
c : adherent : follower
  • Jacobite
  • Puseyite
2 a (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

Origin and Etymology of -ite

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


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-ite

noun suffix

Definition of -ite

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

Origin and Etymology of -ite

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


-ITE Defined for Kids

-ite

noun suffix \ ˌīt \

Definition of -ite for Students

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

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