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Melchite

[mel-kahyt] /ˈmɛl kaɪt/
noun
1.
a Christian in Egypt and Syria who accepted the definition of faith adopted by the Council of Chalcedon in a.d. 451.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the Melchites.
Also, Melkite.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Medieval Latin Melchīta < Medieval Greek Melchī́tēs royalist, equivalent to melch- < Syriac malkā king (or < a derivative adj. of appurtenance) + -ītēs -ite1
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Melchite

/ˈmɛlkaɪt/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the Uniat Greek Catholic Church in Syria, Egypt, and Israel
noun
2.
a member of this Church
Word Origin
C17: from Church Latin Melchīta, from Medieval Greek Melkhītēs, literally: royalist, from Syriac malkā king
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