-ite
I. noun suffix Etymology: from Latin -ita, -ites, from Greek -itēs 1. a. native ; resident <
Brooklynite
>
b. descendant <
Ephraimite
>
c. adherent ; follower <
Jacobite
>
<
Puseyite
>
2. a. (1) product <
metabolite
>
(2) commercially manufactured product <
ebonite
>
b. -itol <
mannite
>
3. [New Latin -ites, from Latin] fossil <
ammonite
>
4. mineral <
erythrite
>
; rock <
anorthosite
>
5. [French, from Latin -ita, -ites] segment or constituent part of a body or of a bodily part <
somite
>
<
dendrite
>
II. noun suffix Etymology: French, alteration of -ate -ate, from New Latin -atum salt or ester of an acid with a name ending in -ous <
nitrite
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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