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-ite 1

1. Native or resident of: New Jerseyite.
a. Descendant of: Levite.
b. Adherent or follower of: Luddite.
3. A part of an organ, body, or bodily part: somite.
a. Rock; mineral: graphite.
b. Fossil: trilobite.
a. Product: metabolite.
b. A commercial product: ebonite.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin -ītēs, -īta, from Greek -ītēs.]

-ite 2

A salt or ester of an acid named with an adjective ending in -ous: sulfite.

[Alteration of -ate.]


suffix forming nouns
1. a native or inhabitant of: Israelite.
2. a follower or advocate of; a member or supporter of a group: Luddite; labourite.
3. (Biology) (in biology) indicating a division of a body or organ: somite.
4. (Geological Science) indicating a mineral or rock: nephrite; peridotite.
5. (Commerce) indicating a commercial product: vulcanite.
[via Latin -ita from Greek -itēs or directly from Greek]


suffix forming nouns
(Chemistry) indicating a salt or ester of an acid having a name ending in -ous: a nitrite is a salt of nitrous acid.
[from French, arbitrary alteration of -ate1]


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).
[Middle English < Latin -ita < Greek -itēs; in some words representing French -ite, German -it, etc.]


a suffix occurring orig. in loanwords form Latin, forming adjectives from nouns of Latin origin: ratite.
[< Latin -ītus orig. a past participle suffix]


1. A suffix used to form the names of minerals, such as hematite and malachite.
2. A suffix used to form the name of a salt or ester of a specified acid whose name ends in -ous. Such salts or esters have one oxygen atom fewer than corresponding salts or esters with names ending in -ate. For example, a nitrite is a salt of nitrous acid and contains the group NO2, while a nitrate contains NO3. Compare -ate.


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