Definition of melanite in English:

melanite

Line breaks: mel¦an|ite
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛlənʌɪt
 
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noun

[mass noun]
A black variety of andradite (garnet).
More example sentences
  • A dark brown melanite garnet is restricted in occurrence to nepheline-bearing sövite and ijolite.
  • The variety melanite was once used in mourning jewelry, but does not have any gem use nowadays.
  • At first glance these would appear to be melanite but the closeup shows a bright red translucence at the crystal edges and fracture planes.

Origin

early 19th century: from Greek melas, melan- 'black' + -ite1.

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