- a combining form used in the names of minerals or fossils: aerolite; chrysolite.
Origin of -lite
< French, simplified form of -lithe < Greek líthos stone; similarly German -lit, earlier -lith
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- (in names of minerals) stonechrysolite Compare -lith
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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