Definitions

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

  • n. A pigment cell that contains melanin, especially as found in the skin of amphibians and reptiles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cell containing melanin or other black pigment, such as are found in fish, amphibians, and reptiles

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large cell which contains dark pigment-granules. Typical examples occur in the common fence-lizard, Anolis, which turns from green to brown.
  • n. The dark-brown chromatophore of the alg├Ž.

Etymologies

melano- + -phore (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • African clawed frog (Xenopus Laevis) sport unique melanophore (pigment cells) that slowly move across the skin of the animal.

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