adamite

noun (1)
ad·​am·​ite | \ ˈa-də-ˌmīt \
variants: or less commonly adamine \ ˈa-​də-​ˌmēn \
plural -s

Definition of adamite

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a mineral Zn2(OH)AsO4 consisting of a basic zinc arsenate (hardness 3.5, specific gravity 4.34–4.35)

Adamite

noun (2)
Ad·​am·​ite | \ ˈa-də-ˌmīt \
plural -s

Definition of Adamite (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a person who imitates Adam in going naked specifically : a member of any of various ascetic sects noted for practicing ritual nakedness in secret religious assemblies and dispensing with marriage on the basis of having entered a reborn state of heavenly innocence
2 : a descendant of Adam : a human being

Adamite

adjective
Ad·​am·​ite | \ ˈa-də-ˌmīt \

Definition of Adamite (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or descended from Adam

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First Known Use of adamite

Noun (1)

1866, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1542, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1719, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adamite

Noun (1)

adamite, modification (influenced by -ite) of French adamine, from Gilbert-Joseph Adam †1881 French mineralogist + French -ine; adamine from French

Noun (2)

Adam, the biblical first man + English -ite

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“Adamite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adamite. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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