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  1. a combining form used in the names of minerals or fossils: aerolite; chrysolite.
Also -lyte2.
Compare -lith.

Origin of -lite

< French, simplified form of -lithe < Greek líthos stone; similarly German -lit, earlier -lith
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British Dictionary definitions for -lite

-lite

n combining form
  1. (in names of minerals) stonechrysolite Compare -lith

Word Origin

from French -lite or -lithe, from Greek lithos stone
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Word Origin and History for -lite

word-forming element meaning "stone," from French -lite, variant of -lithe, from Greek lithos "stone" (see litho-).

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