illite

noun
il·​lite | \ ˈi-ˌlīt How to pronounce illite (audio) \

Definition of illite

: any of a group of clay minerals having essentially the crystal structure of muscovite

Other Words from illite

illitic \ i-​ˈli-​tik How to pronounce illitic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of illite

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for illite

Illinois, state of U.S. + -ite entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about illite

Statistics for illite

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for illite

The first known use of illite was in 1937

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on illite

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with illite

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about illite

Comments on illite

What made you want to look up illite? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to take the place or position of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!