{{11}}-ite (1) from Fr. -ite and directly from L. -ita, from Gk. -ites (fem. -itis), forming adjectives and nouns meaning "connected with or belonging to." Especially used in classical times to form ethnic and local designations (e.g. use in Septuagint for Hebrew names in -i) and for names of gems and minerals.
{{12}}-ite (2) salt suffix, from Fr. -ite, alteration of -ate (see -ATE (Cf. -ate) (3)).

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

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