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

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In 2008 Chinese dairy companies knowingly sold infant formula that contained melamine, a chemical that damaged the kidneys of hundreds of thousands of children. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "China’s Vaccine Scandal," 27 July 2018 The dishware is made from melaboo, a blend of melamine and bamboo, and is unbreakable, scratch resistant, and BPA-free ($14 a dinner plate, $12 each for a salad plate or cereal bowl, $152 for a 12-piece set). Ann Trieger Kurland,, "Unbreakable dishes that look good, too," 30 Apr. 2018 Serve easy-to-handle bites like watermelon and feta skewers, open-face tartines with brie and crunchy apples, and grab-and-go snacks such as chips and dried fruit on melamine plates that look sophisticated but can also withstand poolside fun. ELLE Decor, "Now *This* Is How You Throw a Grown-Up Pool Party," 6 July 2018 Move guests through the space by encouraging them to fill a plate buffet-style, making use of unexpected serving pieces like these stunning tagines and printed melamine plates that look great but are durable enough for poolside fun. Sarah Storms, ELLE Decor, "How To Host a Modern Moroccan-Themed Party," 22 May 2018 The culprit was melamine, an industrial chemical, that was found in pet food, killing hundreds. Karen Asp, Good Housekeeping, "How To Choose A Legitimately Healthy And Safe Natural Dog Food," 2 Oct. 2017 The line, which debuts at Crate & Barrel stores and online on Tuesday, May 1, is all done in outdoor-safe melamine and features Draper James’s signature cheeky catch phrases. Mackenzie Schmidt,, "Reese Witherspoon's Draper James x Crate & Barrel Collab Will Give Your Home 'Southern Flair'," 1 May 2018 For more from French Bull (including cake stands in three more patterns), visit their site; for more on melamine, check out my roundup of all-weather trays for outdoor entertaining. Lauren Oster, Redbook, "Must-Have Item of the Day: Rose Cake Stand," 14 Mar. 2011 Those whole wheat slices of bread were just the right size, modest squares that fit perfectly on my assortment of cheap, melamine plates. Zoë Sessums, Bon Appetit, "This Cinnamon Raisin Bread Did More for My Love Life Than Tinder," 6 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of melamine

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


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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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