melamine[mel′ə mēn′, -min]
melamine definition by Webster's New World
Origin: German melamin ; from melam, an ammonium thiocyanate distillate ; from mel ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps plush am(monium), ammonium plush -in, -ine
melamine definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A white crystalline compound, C3H6N6, used in making melamine resins and for tanning leather.
- A plastic made from such resin.
Origin: German Melamin : blend of Melam, distillate of ammonium thiocyanate (mel-, arbitrary pref. + Am(monium), ammonium) and Amin, amine.