Main definitions of adamite in English

: Adamite1adamite2

Adamite1

noun

  • 1Church History
    Church History. A member of any of a number of sects, both in the early church and later, who imitated the biblical Adam by going naked, typically as a symbol of purity.

  • 2A person who is descended from the biblical Adam, especially a member of a specific branch of humanity derived from the biblical Adam rather than some other ancestor.

  • 3historical
    Specifically. A white Caucasian. Now chiefly historical.

adjective

  • Descended or deriving from the biblical Adam.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Elyot (c1490–1546), humanist and diplomat. From the name of Adam + -ite.

Pronunciation:

Adamite

/ˈadəmʌɪt/

Main definitions of adamite in English

: Adamite1adamite2

adamite2

noun

Mineralogy
  • A zinc mineral occurring as yellow, green, or colourless crystals or crystal aggregates.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Geological Magazine. From the name of G. J. Adam, French mineralogist, who supplied the first specimens of the mineral + -ite, after French adamine adamine.

Pronunciation:

adamite

/ˈadəmʌɪt/