mel·​a·​nite | \ ˈme-lə-ˌnīt How to pronounce melanite (audio) \

Definition of melanite

: a black andradite garnet

Other Words from melanite

melanitic \ ˌme-​lə-​ˈni-​tik How to pronounce melanite (audio) \ adjective

Examples of melanite in a Sentence

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First Known Use of melanite

circa 1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for melanite

borrowed from German Melanit, from Greek melan-, stem of mélās "black, dark" + German -it -ite entry 1 — more at melano-

Note: Term apparently introduced by the German mineralogist Dietrich Ludwig Gustav Karsten (1768-1810) in Göttingesches Journal der Naturwissenschaft, Band 1, Heft 2 (1798), pp. 138-40.

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“Melanite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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