mel·​a·​mine | \ ˈme-lə-ˌmēn How to pronounce melamine (audio) \

Definition of melamine

1 : a white crystalline organic base C3H6N6 with a high melting point that is used especially in melamine resins
2 : a melamine resin or a plastic made from such a resin

Examples of melamine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For decades melamine has been the de facto material for lightweight picnic tableware. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "With These Bamboo Plates, the World Is My Picnic," 11 Sep. 2020 Black silicone caulk is easy to see against the white melamine and can be cleaned up with soapy water. David Agrell And Eric Weil, Popular Mechanics, "Stone Cold Beautiful: How To Build a Concrete Bench," 25 July 2020 Upgrade your tablescape with reusable melamine dinnerware, vibrant linen napkins and pillows, fun flatware, and fresh flowers. Kelsey Clark, Glamour, "24 Picnic Essentials to Upgrade Your Next Al Fresco Hang," 25 June 2020 This collection features a melamine dinner plate, salad plate, and serving bowl all in a blue hue. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Backyard Must-Haves from Bed Bath & Beyond's Outdoor Sale," 15 May 2020 All of the dinnerware is made out of BPA-free melamine that's dishwasher-safe. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Update Your Kitchen for Summer with Williams Sonoma's Memorial Day Sale," 22 May 2020 Cut Plywood, Hardwood, Vinyl, Melamine Plywood, particle board, and particle board covered with a thin skin of melamine plastic or plastic laminate can be more difficult to cut than framing lumber. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Circular Saw Blade for Every Cut," 1 Apr. 2020 The company linked up with Joe Mallare, who co-owns a company that makes melamine sponges, to try to sell a diluted version to individual customers. Kenneth P. Vogel, New York Times, "The Race for Virus Money Is On. Lobbyists Are Standing By.," 28 Mar. 2020 Number of teeth: 60 Purpose: Crosscuts melamine, plywood and laminate-covered. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Circular Saw Blade for Every Cut," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of melamine

circa 1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for melamine

German Melamin

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18 Sep 2020

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“Melamine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of melamine

: a type of hard plastic that is used especially for covering other materials


mel·​a·​mine | \ ˈmel-ə-ˌmēn How to pronounce melamine (audio) \

Medical Definition of melamine

1 : a white crystalline organic base C3H6N6 with a high melting point that is used especially in making resins by reaction with aldehydes
2 : a resin made from melamine or a plastic made from such a resin

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