Definitions for -ite

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a suffix of nouns denoting esp. persons associated with a place, tribe, leader, doctrine, system, etc. (Campbellite; Israelite; laborite); minerals and fossils (ammonite; anthracite); explosives (cordite; dynamite); chemical compounds, esp. salts of acids whose names end in -ous (phosphite; sulfite); pharmaceutical and commercial products (vulcanite); a member or component of a part of the body (somite).

    Category: Affix

Origin of -ite:

ME < L -ita < Gk -itēs; in some words repr. F -ite, G -it, etc.


  1. a suffix occurring orig. in loanwords form Latin, forming adjectives from nouns of Latin origin:


    Category: Affix

Origin of -ite:

< L -ītus orig. a ptp. suffix

Webster Dictionary

  1. -ite

    a suffix denoting one of a party, a sympathizer with or adherent of, and the like, and frequently used in ridicule; as, a Millerite; a Benthamite

  2. -ite

    a suffix used in naming minerals; as, chlorite, from its characteristic green color; barite, from its heaviness; graphite, from its use in writing

  3. -ite

    a suffix used to denote the salts formed from those acids whose names end in -ous; as, sulphite, from sulphurous; nitrite, from nitrous acid, etc


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