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1Forming names denoting natives of a country.‘Israelite’‘Samnite’
- 1.1derogatory Denoting followers of a movement, doctrine, etc.‘Luddite’‘Jacobite’
- 1.1derogatory Denoting followers of a movement, doctrine, etc.
2Used in scientific and technical terms.
- 2.1 Forming names of fossil organisms.‘ammonite’
- 2.2 Forming names of minerals.‘graphite’
- 2.3 Forming names of constituent parts of a body or organ.‘somite’
- 2.4 Forming names of explosives and other commercial products.‘dynamite’‘vulcanite’
- 2.5Chemistry Forming names of salts or esters of acids ending in -ous.‘sulfite’
- 2.1 Forming names of fossil organisms.
From French -ite, via Latin -ita from Greek ītes.
1Forming adjectives such as composite, erudite.
2Forming nouns such as appetite.
3Forming verbs such as unite.
From Latin -itus, past participle of verbs ending in -ere and -ire.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.