mel·​a·​nite ˈme-lə-ˌnīt How to pronounce melanite (audio)
: a black andradite garnet
melanitic adjective

Examples of melanite in a Sentence

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Word History


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.

First Known Use

circa 1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of melanite was circa 1807

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“Melanite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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