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- adj. Of, pertaining to, or exhibiting melanism
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Affected with melanism; of the nature of melanism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Affected with melanism; abnormally dark in color. Also melanotic.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
MO, sheriff's deputy has been identified as a melanistic leopard by a zoo curator.
One day in the forest he saw a black jaguar—that is, a melanistic aberration from the spotted pattern of ordinary jaguars—and gaped at it without raising his gun.
I also killed and have the mounted head of a melanistic Impala in my collection.
Are the black squirrels you see in certain cities considered melanistic or are they just black?
What are the odds of one person seeing that many melanistic animals?
I have seen three melanistic Mule deer, all in Northern Calif in my younger days.
I've never seen a melanistic anything, just albino and piebald deer.
Sri Lanka has a melanistic leopard ( "black panther") carcass; not sure why they say it "might be a new species."
A note on coloration: Besides their normal colors, animals can be albino (lacking color pigment in the hair, feathers, skin, and/or eyes), leucistic (white haired or feathered), melanistic (black haired or feathered), or “erythristic” (having unusual reddish pigmentation in the hair, feathers, or skin).
Most states have no record for a melanistic deer being harvested.