• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Melanite mĕl"ȧ*nīt (Min) A black variety of garnet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n melanite A variety of garnet of a deep-black color. It properly belongs to the lime-iron division of the species, but some other kinds are also included. It is often associated with volcanic rocks, as at Vesuvius. Some varieties are remarkable as containing a small percentage of titanium, and seem to be intermediate between garnet and schorlomite. See garnet.
    • n melanite In conchology, a fossil melanian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Melanite a deep-black variety of garnet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. me`las me`lanos, black: cf. F. mélanite,


In literature:

The dark matrix consists of biotite, aegirine-augite and melanite.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
Everything was smothered with a yellowish hue from the deadly lyddite and melanite.
"The Fight for Constantinople" by Percy F. Westerman