Definition of melanite in English:

melanite

noun

  • A velvet-black variety of andradite (garnet)

    • ‘These days this melanite is mined for its beauty as sparkly black inlay material for jewelry, and its raw beauty as a mineral specimen.’
    • ‘The variety melanite was once used in mourning jewelry, but does not have any gem use nowadays.’
    • ‘At first glance these would appear to be melanite but the closeup shows a bright red translucence at the crystal edges and fracture planes.’
    • ‘A dark brown melanite garnet is restricted in occurrence to nepheline-bearing sövite and ijolite.’
    • ‘Would you like us to inform you when we add more natural melanite garnet jewelry items in 14k white and and 14k yellow gold on this page?’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Greek melas, melan- black + -ite.

Pronunciation:

melanite

/ˈmeləˌnīt/