a deep black variety of andradite garnet.
Origin of melanite
Related formsmel·a·nit·ic [mel-uh-nit-ik] /ˌmɛl əˈnɪt ɪk/, adjective
First recorded in 1800–10; melan-
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Historical Examples of melanite
Biotite occurs in some of these rocks, and melanite also is present.
Melanite is found in some of the lavas, as in the leucite-syenites.
The dark matrix consists of biotite, aegirine-augite and melanite.
Their pyroxene is principally aegirine or aegirine augite; some of them are rich in melanite.
British Dictionary definitions for melanite
a black variety of andradite garnet
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