Definition of melamine noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmeləmiːn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeləmiːn//
[uncountable] Materials and properties
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a strong hard plastic material, used especially for covering surfaces such as the tops of tables, and for making cups, etc. See related entries: Materials and properties Word Originmid 19th cent.: from German melam (an arbitrary formation), denoting an insoluble amorphous organic substance, + amine.
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