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 The collection includes melamine plates, dessert plates, mugs, and a matching serving platter, and everything can be purchased separately. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Nov. 2021 Delicate gold edges elevate these pink melamine plates, giving them a festive spin. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, 11 June 2021 Flex your outdoor entertaining skills this summer by investing in some pretty reusable melamine dinnerware, sophisticated linen napkins, fun flatware, and vibe-y candle holders. Kelsey Clark, Glamour, 3 June 2021 The team looked at all of the non-compostable melamine that was being used in the housewares industry and worked with a factory to create a similar fiber made out of bamboo. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Wring out the cloth or sponge, and be careful not to soak the edges where the thermofoil on the doors meets the melamine backs or where there’s edge banding on the cabinet boxes. Washington Post, 3 May 2021 This blade's sharp tooth tip alternates direction to resist chipping and tearing the wood veneer and plastic film surfaces of plywood and melamine. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 24 Feb. 2021 Feast on a Murray’s Spring Cheese Platter with Cutter Brooks’ Bamboo Cutlery and John Derian’s Faience melamine chargers. Chloe Malle, Vogue, 23 Apr. 2021 If soap and water won't erase all the damage, use a melamine sponge. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, 6 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of melamine was circa 1835

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30 Nov 2021

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“Melamine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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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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