There are 2 main definitions of -ite in English:

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-ite 1

suffix

1Forming names denoting natives of a country: Israelite Samnite
1.1often derogatory Denoting followers of a movement, doctrine, etc. Luddite Jacobite
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: sulfite

Origin

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

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Syllabification: -ite

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There are 2 main definitions of -ite in English:

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-ite 2

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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Syllabification: -ite

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