meaning of -ite

-ite meaning in Etymology Dictionary

from French -ite and right from Latin -ita, from Greek -ites (fem. -itis), forming adjectives and nouns indicating "linked to or owned by." Specially found in traditional times to make cultural and local designations (for instance in Septuagint translations of Hebrew names in -i) and names of treasures and minerals.

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  • salt suffix, from French -ite, alteration of -ate (see -ate (3)).

-ite meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix denoting among a party, a sympathizer with or adherent of, and the like, and sometimes utilized in ridicule; because, a Millerite; a Benthamite.

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  • A suffix used in naming minerals; since, chlorite, from its characteristic green color; barite, from the heaviness; graphite, from its used in writing.
  • A suffix regularly denote the salts formed from those acids whoever brands end up in -ous; because, sulphite, from sulphurous; nitrite, from nitrous acid, etc.

-ite meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix denoting one of a party, a sympathizer with or adherent of, and so on, and frequently utilized in ridicule; because, a Millerite; a Benthamite.

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  • A suffix used in naming minerals; because, chlorite, from the characteristic green shade; barite, from its heaviness; graphite, from the use within writing.
  • A suffix regularly denote the salts created from those acids whoever brands end in -ous; because, sulphite, from sulphurous; nitrite, from nitrous acid, etc.