Definition for MEL'AN-ITE

MEL'AN-ITE, n. [Gr. μελαν, black.]

A mineral, a variety of garnet, of a velvet black or grayish black, occurring always in crystals of a dodecahedral form. – Cleaveland. Ure. Melanite is perfectly opake. It is found among volcanic substances. – Dict. Nat. Hist.

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