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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 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -lite


combining form
(in names of minerals) stone: chrysolite 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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