-ite

-ite
-ite1 [īt]
[ME < OFr or L or Gr: OFr -ite < L -ita, -ites < Gr -itēs, fem. -itis] suffix forming nouns
1. 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] suffix
forming adjectives, nouns, and verbs [finite]

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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