Definition of mellite in US English:

mellite

noun

Mineralogy
  • Hydrated aluminium mellitate, Al₂[C₆(COO)₆].18H₂O, a tetragonal mineral occurring naturally as honey-yellow crystals, especially in lignite.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and the Arts. From post-classical Latin mellites (J. F. Gmelin in Linnaeus Systema Naturae (ed. 13, 1793) III. 282) from classical Latin mell-, mel honey + -ītēs, after German Honigstein.

Pronunciation

mellite

/ˈmɛlʌɪt/