There are 2 definitions of -ite in English:

-ite1

suffix

  • 1Forming names denoting natives of a country: Israelite
  • 1.1often • derogatory Denoting followers of a movement, doctrine, etc.: Luddite Thatcherite
  • 2Used in scientific and technical terms:
  • 2.1Forming names of fossil organisms: ammonite
  • 2.2Forming names of minerals: graphite
  • 2.3Forming names of constituent parts of a body or organ: somite
  • 2.4Forming names of explosives and other commercial products: dynamite vulcanite
  • 2.5 Chemistry Forming names of salts or esters of acids ending in -ous: sulphite

Origin

from French -ite, via Latin -ita from Greek ītes.

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Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody

There are 2 definitions of -ite in English:

-ite2

Pronunciation: /ʌɪt, ɪt/

suffix

  • 1Forming adjectives such as composite, erudite.
  • 2Forming nouns such as appetite.
  • 3Forming verbs such as unite.

Origin

from Latin -itus, past participle of verbs ending in -ere and -ire.

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