- -ite-ite1 [īt][ME < OFr or L or Gr: OFr -ite < L -ita, -ites < Gr -itēs, fem. -itis] suffix forming nouns1. a native, inhabitant, or citizen of [Brooklynite]2. a descendant from or offspring of [Israelite]3. an adherent of, believer in, or member of [laborite]4. a product, esp. a commercially manufactured one [Lucite, dynamite, vulcanite]5. a fossil [ammonite]6. a part of a body or bodily organ [somite]7. [Fr, arbitrary alteration of -ate, -ATE2] a salt or ester of an acid whose name ends in -OUS [nitrite, sulfite]8. a (specified) mineral or rock [anthracite, dolomite]-ite2 [īt; it][L -itus, ending of some past participles] suffixforming adjectives, nouns, and verbs [finite]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.