from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A white crystalline compound, C3H6N6, used in making melamine resins and for tanning leather.
  • n. A plastic made from such resin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a strong aromatic heterocyclic base, tri-amino-triazine, used, in combination with formaldehyde to manufacture melamine resins such as Formica™

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A nitrogenous strongly basic chemical substance (C3H6N6), structurally 2,4,6-triamino-1,3,5-triazine, produced from several cyanogen compounds, and obtained as a white crystalline substance; -- formerly supposed to be produced by the decomposition of melam. Called also cyanuramide. It is used as one of the starting components (together with formaldehyde) in the preparation of melamine resins, including the commercially marketed Formica (TM). It is solid at room temperature, and sublimes at temperatures approaching 250° C, decomposing at 345° C. Density 1.573.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A colorless compound, formed, together with melam, by heating ammonium cyanate. It crystallizes in monoclinic prisms. Also called cyanuramide, triguanide, and triurethriamidin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a white crystalline organic base; used mainly in making melamine resins


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

German Melamin : blend of Melam, distillate of ammonium thiocyanate (mel-, arbitrary pref. + Am(monium), ammonium) and Amin, amine.



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  • Melamine resin dinnerware (plates, saucers, cups, bowls) was quite popular in the 1960s...the oxymoron "pretty ugly" describes the dinnerware well.

    February 1, 2008