from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Of or related to melanin; black-pigmented.
- adjective Of or affected with melanosis.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A pigment resembling or belonging to the melanins.
- Having a black or dark appearance.
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There is a black variety of the chanko, as there is of the European wolf, and by some he is considered a distinct species, but is really a melanoid variety, though Kinloch writes: "The black chanko is rather larger than the grey one; he is of a beautiful glossy black, with a small white star on the chest and a few grey hairs about the muzzle."
A melanoid variety of this species is mentioned by Dr. Anderson as being in the Leyden Museum.