Mel·kite or Mel·chite (mĕlkīt)
1. A member of the Christian churches in Egypt and Syria that accepted the Council of Chalcedon.
2. A member of an Eastern Catholic church that uses the Byzantine rite and has patriarchates in Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem.
[New Latin Melchītae, Melkites, from Medieval Greek Melkhītai, from Aramaic malkāye, pl. of malkāy, royal, royalist, from malkā, king; see mlk in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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